"Copiapo, Chile (CNN) -- The 33 men trapped deep in a mine in Chile since August 5 sent a video message to their families Thursday in which they expressed thanks for the efforts under way to free them and displayed occasional flashes of humor and patriotism.
"We know what you've all been doing for us," said one man. "You haven't left us alone. We want to send applause to you." At that, the men broke into applause.
Throughout the 25-minute, high-definition video, one miner guided the hand-held camera ahead of him, its path illuminated by the light on his mining helmet. The video views are grainy and sometimes out of focus.
The video shows the 50-square-meter living space occupied by the men since they were trapped 2,300 feet below ground. Some appear heavily bearded, all of them are stripped to the waist. A thermometer shows 29.5 degrees, (85.1 degrees Fahrenheit) a little cooler than officials had estimated.
Some of the men are standing, others are lying down. "Oh, you're sleeping on a box-spring bed," jokes one man to another, who is sprawled out on a pile of rocks....
The tenor of most of the comments was calm, though one man's emotion cut through to the fore. "Thank you to everybody," he said. "I send you a big hug in the name of our Lord." As he spoke, his voice cracked....
".."Today for the first time we have three machines working simultaneously. We don't know when they will reach them. But we know one thing — with the help of God, they will reach them," Pinera declared after touring the drilling operation and meeting with the miners' families...
Editor's note: CNN.com will be streaming live from beginning to end the rescue attempts at a Chilean mine where 33 men have been trapped since August 5. Also, watch live coverage on CNN TV "...[Updated at 11:11 p.m. ET] The first of 33 miners who were trapped in the mine more than two months ago has been rescued.
The rescue capsule carrying Florencio Avalos reached the surface about 16 minutes after the ascent from the miners' refuge 2,300 feet below the surface began. Avalos is the first miner to be rescued...
Chile joyous at clockwork-like miner rescue, By FRANK BAJAK and VIVIAN SEQUERA, Associated Press Writers Frank Bajak And Vivian Sequera, Associated Press Writers – 17 mins ago (Wednesday, October 13th 2010 @7:45aish)
""I think I had extraordinary luck. I was with God and with the devil. And I reached out for God," said Mario Sepulveda as he awaited the air force helicopter ride to a nearby hospital where all the miners were to spend 48 hours under medical observation.
The miners have survived more time trapped underground than anyone on record, and the world was captivated by their endurance and unity as officials carefully planned their rescue...
All-news channels from North America to Europe and the Middle East carried live coverage. Pope Benedict XVI said in Spanish that he "continues with hope to entrust to God's goodness" the fate of the men. Iran's state English-language Press TV followed events live until President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad touched down in Lebanon on his first state visit there....
"(CNN) -- Having spent 69 days trapped inside the San Jose mine in Chile before being rescued, Mario Sepulveda says, he is a changed man.
"I buried 40 years of my life down there, and I'm going to live a lot longer to be a new person," he said in a video conference hours after surfacing from half a mile underground....
During the time he was trapped inside the mine, Sepulveda said, he saw both good and evil.
"I was with God, and I was with the devil. They fought, and God won," he said. Sepulveda said he grabbed God's hand and never doubted that he would be rescued....
"CHILE (ANS) -- As the world has been gripped by the dramatic rescue of all 33 miners in Chile, the country’s president is praising the faith of the men who remarkably surfaced in good spirits after being trapped underground for 69 days.
Speaking to the nation at the mine's entrance, President Sebastian Pinera said: "The miners are not the same people who got trapped on the 5th August. They have come out stronger, and they taught us a lesson. But Chile is not the same either.
"What ended up as a real blessing from God started as a possible tragedy. But the unity, the faith, the compromise, the honesty, the solidarity of the Chileans in those 69 days makes us very proud," he added.
The operation to free the miners took 22 hours and saw each man being winched up in a narrow capsule.
Many have developed health problems as a result of living in the dirt and darkness of the mine. One has been diagnosed with pneumonia but his condition is not thought to be serious.
"They're all wanting to testify to the Lord Jesus Christ. All 33 of them are saying that they found God in the mine. Five or six were already Christians and held services down in the mine. Many went down with no faith at all but they all say this: 'We were not 33 we were 34 because Jesus Christ was with us down there,” The President's chaplain, Revd Alfredo Cooper told Premier Radio.
He says it's clear that faith has been a big part of this whole drama, with many miners "finding God."
Revd Cooper has asked Premier supporters to rejoice and praise God that "out of the depths came this wonderful testimony for Christ" and to pray for a true revival to rise up in Chile and spill out across the world.
The rescued miners are now being treated in two wards at the hospital in nearby Copiapo. The rooms have been darkened to allow the men to adjust to the light."
Strong earthquake hits Chile, Tsunami warning issued in region
Earthquake Rocks Chile
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VOA News.com "With a computer graphic showing the possible path of tsunami waves from an earthquake in Chile, Dr. Charles McCreery speaks on the phone at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, 27 Feb 2010..
"Santiago, Chile (CNN) -- A massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake rocked Chile early Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, killing at least 122 people and triggering tsunami warnings for the entire Pacific basin.
Warning sirens were sounded in Hawaii at 6 a.m., although any possible tsunami would not strike for several hours. Tsunamis can travel at 400 to 500 mph, the speed of a jet plane, said Georgia Tech geology professor Kurt Frankel.
A large wave killed three people and 10 were missing on the island of Juan Fernandez, 400 miles (643 km) off the coast of Chile, said Provincial Governor Ivan De La Maza.
On mainland Chile, the task of trying to save survivors and recover the dead was fully under way by late morning. Buildings lay in rubble, bridges and highway overpasses were toppled and roads buckled like rumpled paper.
"This is a major event. This happened near some very populated areas," said Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. "With an 8.8, you expect damage to the population in the area."
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President Obama will make a statement about the earthquake and tsunami warnings at 2 p.m. ET Saturday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs posted on Twitter.
The quake struck at 3:34 a.m. off the Pacific coast, about 60 miles northwest of Chillan, Chile, the USGS said. Santiago, the capital, is 200 miles northeast of the epicenter.
At least 33 aftershocks were reported, the most recent being a 6.3-magnitude in Argentina.
"There are really aftershocks like every hour," said Felipe Baytelman, speaking to CNN from Santiago.
Chilean officials took to the airwaves to try to control any jitters.
"We are taking all the necessary measures at this time," Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said.
Bachelet declared areas of catastrophe, similar to a state of emergency, which will allow her to rush in aid. She said the town of Chillan -- which was destroyed by a killer quake in 1939 -- was one of the worst affected.
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"I would like to offer my condolences to the families of the 122 people who lost their lives during the earthquake," said President-elect Sebastian Pinera. "The number of victims could get higher."
The capital lost electricity and basic services, including water and telephones. Bachelet said regional hospitals had suffered damage; some were evacuated. A major bridge connecting northern and southern Chile was rendered inoperable, and the Santiago airport was shut down for at least the next 24 hours.
Chilean television showed buildings in tatters in Concepcion, in coastal central Chile. Whole sides of buildings were torn off, and at least two structures were engulfed in flames. Video showed roads that were destroyed and impassable.
The earth's rumbling was felt by millions in Chile and in parts of Argentina, as well. Some buildings were evacuated in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, which is 690 miles from Santiago.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was trying to contact the Santiago-based U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean for an assessment of the earthquake and information on staffers.
As recovery efforts continued in Chile, threat of a tsunami loomed.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning, the highest level, for the entire Pacific region, including Hawaii and countries as far away as Russia and Japan.
"We have information of high-altitude waves that could be seen in the following hours," Bachelet said. "We are evacuating people in lower areas to higher ground."
California and Alaska were under a tsunami advisory.
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"An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines near the epicenter within minutes and more distant coastlines within hours," the National Weather Service said in a statement.
USGS geophysicist Victor Sardina said several tsunami waves had come ashore along the Chilean coast; the largest was recorded at 9 feet near the quake's epicenter.
The earliest estimated arrival for a wave that could affect Hawaii is 11:19 a.m. (4:19 p.m. ET), according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
But evacuations of coastal areas began at 6 a.m. Outdoor siren systems in each Hawaiian county sounded simultaneously to alert residents and visitors to evacuate coastal areas.
Saturday's temblor comes weeks after an 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated parts of Haiti and killed more than 220,000 people. The Chilean quake, at magnitude 8.8, was 700 to 800 times stronger.
CNN Chile suffered damage to its broadcast facilities, although it is still actively newsgathering.
Eduardo de Canto, the head of airport operations in Santiago, told Chile's TVN that the terminal in the airport is severely damaged, although he said runways were operational.
Santiago resident Leo Perioto jumped out of his bed in his apartment at the top of a six-story building.
"The whole building was shaking," he said. "The windows were wobbling a lot. We could feel the walls moving from side to side."
Glass shattered at the Santiago Marriott Hotel, but there appeared to be no structural damage, said Alessandro Perez.
Anita Herrera at the Hotel Kennedy in Santiago said electricity was out and guests were nervous.
"Our hotel is built for this," she said. "In Chile, this happens many times."
All but two U.S. Embassy personnel in Chile are accounted for, the U.S. State Department said. No decision has been made about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's planned trip next week to five Latin American countries, including Chile.
Coastal Chile has a history of deadly earthquakes, according to the USGS. Since 1973, there have been 13 quakes of magnitude 7.0 or higher.
Saturday's epicenter was just a few miles north of the largest earthquake recorded in the world, a magnitude 9.5 quake in May 1960 that killed 1,655 and unleashed a tsunami that crossed the Pacific.
The earthquake off the west coast of South America caused a tsunami that reached the Hawaiian Islands in about 15 hours. This tsunami caused little damage elsewhere in the islands, but the Hilo Bay area was hard hit. Sixty-one people lost their lives and about 540 homes and businesses were destroyed or severely damaged. The wave heights in Hilo Bay reached 35 feet compared to only 3-17 feet elsewhere.
CNN's Rolando Santos, Brian Byrnes and Patty Lane contributed to this report.
"The massive 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile may have changed the entire Earth's rotation and shortened the length of days on our planet, a NASA scientist said Monday.
The quake, the seventh strongest earthquake in recorded history, hit Chile Saturday and should have shortened the length of an Earth day by 1.26 milliseconds, according to research scientist Richard Gross at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
"Perhaps more impressive is how much the quake shifted Earth's axis," NASA officials said in a Monday update.
The computer model used by Gross and his colleagues to determine the effects of the Chile earthquake effect also found that it should have moved Earth's figure axis by about 3 inches (8 cm or 27 milliarcseconds).
The Earth's figure axis is not the same as its north-south axis, which it spins around once every day at a speed of about 1,000 mph (1,604 kph).
The figure axis is the axis around which the Earth's mass is balanced. It is offset from the Earth's north-south axis by about 33 feet (10 meters).
Strong earthquakes have altered Earth's days and its axis in the past. The 9.1 Sumatran earthquake in 2004, which set off a deadly tsunami, should have shortened Earth's days by 6.8 microseconds and shifted its axis by about 2.76 inches (7 cm, or 2.32 milliarcseconds)....
"CHILE (ANS) -- Humanitarian groups prepared to dispatch aid to Chile Sunday as the government considered whether to request international relief with the death toll mounting, following one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded.
According to a story by the Wall Street Journal’s Corey Dade, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said Sunday her staff was reviewing offers of assistance that would address a variety of urgent needs.
With search-and-rescue missions fully under way, the death toll rose to more than 700 from 147 Saturday afternoon, and was expected to rise further.
The Wall Street Journal said all major international aid groups were prepared Sunday to dispatch workers and supplies while maintaining their commitments to the massive relief effort continuing in Haiti. That country was devastated in Jan. by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 220,000 people.
Chile's needs may not be as severe as Haiti's. Though the strength of the quake in Chile was greater, registering an 8.8, the country appears to have sustained far less damage to both life and property.
In addition, the Wall Street Journal pointed out, according to many aid organizations, Chile is more accustomed to earthquakes and has strengthened construction codes so that buildings can better withstand tremors. They also say that because Chile is a far more prosperous nation than Haiti—the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere—its government has resources to respond effectively.
“It is not necessarily unusual for a country like Chile to not ask for international assistance,” Kate Conradt, spokeswoman for Save the Children, a Connecticut-based nonprofit that operates in more than 100 countries, told the Wall Street Journal.
She said, “The United States did not call for outside help after Hurricane Katrina, nor did China after the major quake hit Szechuan. In the case of this earthquake, it happened in a more remote area, affected half the number of people that the Haiti quake affected and occurred where the population was less concentrated.”
Aiding Chile could extend organizations already pouring enormous resources into Haiti.
“It stretches us, but we can handle it,” said United National Children's Fund spokesman Patrick McCormick.
He further told the Wall Street Journal, “We would never say to Chile if they contacted us, ‘Sorry, we're too busy in Haiti and can't help.’ We would definitely respond somehow.”
The Wall Street Journal said that for Unicef, Haiti is its biggest single emergency in a few years, requiring nearly 200 people there providing food, medicine, shelter and water. However, it said it stands ready to aid Chile.
Save the Children, the Journal reported, has nearly 1,000 workers in Haiti, running mobile medical clinics, providing shelter and food, reuniting families and helping to restore drinkable water and sanitation.
“We do have the capacity, but, yes, it does complicate it that we have a major response going on in Haiti,” the Wall Street Journal reported Conradt said.
While awaiting word from the Chilean government, groups like Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children have sent in disaster-response specialists to assess the extent of the damage.
The Wall Street Journal said most groups said they are accustomed to responding to multiple disasters at once, particularly in the past couple of years: a cyclone in Myanmar and an earthquake in western China in May 2008; Typhoon Morakot in southeast Asia, a tsunami in American Samoa and an earthquake in Indonesia between last August and September.
The world-wide network of Red Cross agencies was among the responders to each of those disasters. According to the Wall Street Journal, Red Cross officials say they are prepared for simultaneously occurring incidents. That in part because of well-fortified storage facilities strategically located in Panama, Dubai and Malaysia that allow swift deliveries of supplies and equipment to disparate regions.
In Chile, the Journal said, Red Cross authorities are in the process of assessing the needs in and around Concepción, a spokesman said. The American Red Cross has made $50,000 available to the Chilean Red Cross, and other Red Cross groups in other countries have pledged $300,000.
Tracy Reines, director of the American Red Cross's international-response operations center, said Chilean Red Cross workers accompanied government officials Sunday in assessing the damage from the air.
“It still is early days. You saw the increase in the official toll. I don't think anyone is saying they are out of the woods,” Reines told the Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal reported that just as for Haiti, efforts are under way to solicit donations for Chile.
The Mobile Giving Foundation has set up a service to collect $5 or $10 donations via phone text messages. Donors can earmark their pledges to Habitat for Humanity, World Vision or the Salvation Army.
President Barack Obama said Saturday he had talked with Chile's President Bachelet and pledged U.S. help in rescue and recovery efforts, if asked."
"Chile (MNN) ― There is a growing sense of chaos as despair builds in Chile. A quake measuring 8.8 shook the city of Concepcion Saturday--a city of more than 200,000 people.
Chile's president, Michele Bachelet, declared a "state of catastrophe" in three central regions of the country. Several hospitals were evacuated, and communications with Concepcion were knocked out.
The toll is ghastly: the loss of life is climbing, and damage estimates are in the double-digit billions.
Jeff Palmer is with Baptist Global Response, a key partner of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board in disaster relief situations.
He says they have an assessment team en route to support their team on the ground there. U.S. headquarters got word from IMB leaders in Chile that all field personnel have been accounted for and are safe.
In the meantime, Southern Baptists have released $50,000 for immediate relief needs in Chile. Palmer says, "We've already gotten reports and some requests for help. We're able to provide immediate things like the food, the water, the tent materials, shelter needs for those who are living outside because either homes have been damaged or homes have been destroyed, so they need some type of shelter."
A compassionate response during a soul-searching time opens many doors. "By touching people where they need help physically, by helping them where they are, that's the first way of ministering to them. Communicating the love of Christ speaks volumes--communicating the love of Christians around the world who want to respond and help."
Keep praying for the team. Missionaries indicated that on Saturday, they "were stunned, almost immobilized, but today we are beginning to think about how God can use us." You can help. Click here. "
Chile was originally under the control of the Incas in the north and the nomadic Araucanos in the south. In 1541, a Spaniard, Pedro de Valdivia, founded Santiago. Chile won its independence from Spain in 1818 under Bernardo O'Higgins and an Argentinian, José de San Martin. O'Higgins, dictator until 1823, laid the foundations of the modern state with a two-party system and a centralized government.
The dictator from 1830 to 1837, Diego Portales, fought a war with Peru from 1836—1839 that expanded Chilean territory. Chile fought the War of the Pacific with Peru and Bolivia from 1879 to 1883, winning Antofagasta, Bolivia's only outlet to the sea, and extensive areas from Peru. Pedro Montt led a revolt that overthrew José Balmaceda in 1891 and established a parliamentary dictatorship lasting until a new constitution was adopted in 1925. Industrialization began before World War I and led to the formation of Marxist groups. Juan Antonio Ríos, president during World War II, was originally pro-Nazi but in 1944 led his country into the war on the side of the Allies.
In 1970, Salvador Allende became the first president in a non-Communist country freely elected on a Marxist program. Allende quickly established relations with Cuba and the People's Republic of China, introduced Marxist economic and social reforms, and nationalized many private companies, including U.S.-owned ones. In Sept. 1973, Allende was overthrown and killed in a military coup covertly sponsored by the CIA, ending a 46-year era of constitutional government in Chile. ..
"officially the Republic of Chile (Spanish: About this sound República de Chile Spanish pronunciation: [reˈpuβlika ðe ˈʧile]), is a country in South America occupying a long, narrow coastal strip between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. With Ecuador it is one of two countries in South America which do not border Brazil. The Pacific coastline of Chile is 6,435 kilometres. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas and Easter Island. Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) of Antarctica, although all claims are suspended under the Antarctic Treaty.
Chile's unusual, ribbon-like shape—4,300 kilometres (2,700 mi) long and on average 175 kilometres (109 mi) wide—has given it a varied climate, ranging from the world's driest desert—the Atacama—in the north, through a Mediterranean climate in the centre, to a rainy temperate climate in the south. The northern desert contains great mineral wealth, principally copper. The relatively small central area dominates in terms of population and agricultural resources, and is the cultural and political center from which Chile expanded in the late 19th century, when it incorporated its northern and southern regions. Southern Chile is rich in forests and grazing lands and features a string of volcanoes and lakes. The southern coast is a labyrinth of fjords, inlets, canals, twisting peninsulas, and islands.
Prior to arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, northern Chile was under Inca rule while the indigenous Araucanians inhabited central and southern Chile. Although Chile declared independence in 1810, decisive victory over the Spanish was not achieved until 1818. In the War of the Pacific (1879–83), Chile defeated Peru and Bolivia and won its present northern regions. It was not until the 1880s that the Araucanians were completely subjugated. Although relatively free of the coups and arbitrary governments that blighted South America, Chile endured a 17-year military dictatorship (1973–1990) that left more than 3,000 people dead or missing.
Currently, Chile is one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations. It leads Latin American nations in human development, competitiveness, quality of life, political stability, globalization, economic freedom, low perception of corruption and comparatively low poverty rates. It also ranks high regionally in freedom of the press and democratic development. However, it has a high income inequality, as measured by the Gini index. In December 2009 Chile became the first South American country to be invited to join the OECD. Chile is also a founding member of both the United Nations and the Union of South American Nations...
I have carried the cross three times in Chile.Arthur and cross in the streets
The first time was in 1988 when my son, Joshua, and I went to Punta Arenas at the bottom of Chile. We had a glorious cross walk in the area of the city and in the city. Many people were welcoming and I led several to Jesus in Spanish. This area is just incredible in beauty and splendor.Arthur and the cross
We took a boat from Chile to Antarctica. The route of the boat from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams is one of the most beautiful places on God's good earth. I know because I have carried the cross in every nation.
Joshua and I had our crosses strapped to the deck of the boat. We went by awesome icebergs and glaciers. The passage is narrow with mountains and snow rising up from the sea.
The cross and the boatWhen we arrived at Puerto Williams I unloaded the cross and carried it in the southern most town in the Americas. Some ladies had gone to the church to pray but it was closed. As they were leaving we came up with the cross. I spoke to them is Spanish and they said they needed to pray but the church was closed. I told them that they could pray at the cross under God's heaven. They prayed and gave their lives to Jesus. Glory at the south tip of South America! This is a lovely little town.
Joshua on the boatWe then left to sail on to Antarctica.
My wife, Denise, and I returned to carry the cross in Chile in 1995 on our way to the Falkland Islands. We carried the cross in Santiago. Many people gathered around and we met people which we came back later to visit at the end of our trip.
We rented a car and drove to the coast and started walking at San Antonio and then on up the beautiful road that hugs the sea and mountains all the way up past Vina del Mar past Papudo.
Denise and carDenise walking
One thrilling site was a little island just off the road that was full of penguins! I know God loves me because He shows me the most beautiful places in the world. And I thank and praise Him. We had some wonderful witness with the people. This crosswalk was relaxing and refreshing and great preparation for the next five weeks on a ship from Antarctica to Europe and all the small island groups in between.
Denise with the cross
In 2003 Denise and I carried the cross in Easter Island and Robinson Crusoe Islands, which are part of Chile. We had to fly in and out of Santiago three times for this trip. We went back with the cross to the streets of Santiago! It was wonderful. Denise celebrated a birthday there and we had a fabulous Sushi dinner at a great restaurant.
I love Chile and the beautiful people of the nation.
A pilgrim follower of Jesus,
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"..A drama centered on a maid trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years. ..
*watched this yesterday (Sunday, October 11th 2010) at the local Morris Theatre as part of the Spanish Film Festival in the month
The Maid (La nana 2009)
'..When Lucy, the third assistant is hired, she proves to be a perfect foil to Raquel's objections. Lucy is a no-nonsense woman who really sees Raquel for what she; Lucy realizes that under the tough exterior, there is a good person waiting to emerge with the right kind of approach. Soon they end up striking a good working relationship and even traveling for the Christmas holidays to Lucy's parents home in the country. ..
*"unconditional" Love is an important quality the "3rd" assistant shows in this movie, which can be a lesson in life in "getting along" with individuals that are tough. Understanding these individuals is important to help do this, which the "maid" inner heart shows as the movie progresses
Alex Campos en Chile, Entrevista Exclusiva en Video
"Pensamientos, visión, proyecciones, presente y futuro; ello es parte de esta amena conversación junto al destacado Alex Campos, en entrevista exclusiva con EnlaceMusical.com."
"Spindly Chile stretches 4300km – over half the continent – from the driest desert in the world (near San Pedro de Atacama) to massive glacial fields. Filling up the in-between are volcanoes, geysers, beaches, lakes, rivers, steppe and countless islands. Slenderness gives Chile the intimacy of a backyard (albeit one fenced between the Andes and the Pacific). What’s on offer? Everything. With easy infrastructure, spectacular sights and hospitable hosts, the hardest part is choosing an itinerary. Consider the sweeping desert solitude, craggy summits and the lush forests of the fjords. Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and the isolated Isla Robinson Crusoe offer extracontinental exploits...