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Huge reserves protect underwater mountains, endangered sea life
Argentina's government has voted to create two new marine parks that cover an area the size of Hungary.
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These Are the First Jaguars Born in This Argentinian Wetland in Over a Century
A pair of cubs was born in Iberá National Park, and scientists are aiming to be as minimally invasive in their lives as possible.
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Buenos Aires: A City Of Style And Sizzle
Welcome to Argentina’s capital, where European sophistication meets Latin passion—and the streets are a-tango 24/7.
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Why This Massive Glacial Arch Collapses Like Clockwork
Every three or four years, the Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park loudly collapses into a large lake.
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Nazi Artefacts found in a Secret Room in Argentina
It’s the largest discovery of Third Reich paraphernalia in Argentina’s history.
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New Epic Route Will Connect 17 National Parks
This “Route of Parks” in Chile will ultimately be 2,414 kilometres long.
‘Two-Headed Snake’ Shocks Homeowner loading...
‘Two-Headed Snake’ Shocks Homeowner
The unusual creature with an eerie blinking “eye” showcases the incredible power of animal mimicry.
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The Unseen Cost of Agriculture in Argentina
One photographer's journey to show how the large-scale production of soy, cattle, and wood, hits some communities especially hard.
About Argentina Facts

Argentina, meaning "land of silver," is a rich and vast land—second largest (after Brazil) in South America and eighth largest in the world. Its heartland is a broad grassy plain known as the Pampas (pronounced PAHM-pahs). Here Argentina's gaucho, like the U.S. cowboy, has galloped into the country's folklore.

The recent past has been tumultuous. Some 30,000 people disappeared—the Desaparecidos—in the "dirty war" during the military junta's 1976-1983 rule. In April 1982 Argentine forces invaded the British-held Falkland Islands, which Argentina calls the Islas Malvinas. Defeat by Britain during the 1982 Falkland Islands war loosened the military dictatorship's stranglehold on democracy.

Fast Facts 

Population: 38,592,000

Capital: Buenos Aires; 13,349,000

Area: 2,780,400 square kilometres (1,073,518 square miles)

Language: Spanish, English, Italian, German, French

Religion: Roman Catholic

Currency: Argentine peso

Life Expectancy: 74

GDP per Capita: U.S. $10,500

Literacy Percent: 97

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