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Riverside Town of Tortel
Photography by Bridget Besaw, ILCP
The tiny town of Tortel, Chile, lies at the delta of the Baker River (pictured).
Former National Geographic Young Explorer Trevor Frost—who visited the Patagonian region on assignment with the International League of Conservation Photographers—said the most striking moment was a conversation with a Tortel villager named Noel.
"He said he didn't want the dams, because it would be the beginning of the end for Patagonia," Frost recalled.
"He said that the dams would serve as an invitation for a rush of development that Patagonia has never seen. It will forever change the wild nature of the place, he warned."