Wednesday, May 12, 2004


Provincia, extreme northwestern Argentina, bordering Chile (west) and Bolivia (north), having an area of 20,548 square miles (53,219 square km). It comprises several cordilleras of the Andes - reaching elevations of 16,500 feet (5,000 m) and separated by a bleak plateau 11,500 feet (3,500 m) high called the Puna de Atacama - that descend on the east to form sub-Andean ranges and valleys. The eastern Andean and sub-Andean


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