Theme Week Patagonia – Río Gallegos

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Base Aérea Militar Río Gallegos © Arcibel/cc-by-sa-3.0

Base Aérea Militar Río Gallegos © Arcibel/cc-by-sa-3.0

Río Gallegos is the capital and largest settlement of the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz in Argentina. Located in the department of Güer Aike, it has a population of about 98,000, according to the 2010 census (INDEC), a 24% increase from the 79,000 in the 2001 census (INDEC). The city bears the name of the Gallegos River, and sits on its estuary 2,636 km (1,638 mi) south from the Argentine federal capital Buenos Aires.

Established on 19 December 1885 to increase Argentine power over southern Patagonia, Río Gallegos became the capital of the then Territory of Santa Cruz in 1888, retaining its status when the territory became a province in 1957. In the 1982 Falklands War, the city airport was base of Argentine Air Force Mirage III interceptors and A-4 Skyhawks strike aircraft. Néstor Kirchner, later President of Argentina, served as the city’s mayor from 1987 to 1991 and is interred in a mausoleum in the city’s cemetery.

Kirchner mausoleum © flickr.com - Nicolas Giorgetti/cc-by-sa-2.0 Río Gallegos © Tractoramolida/cc-by-sa-3.0 Río Gallegos © Леон Петросян/cc-by-sa-3.0 Base Aérea Militar Río Gallegos © Arcibel/cc-by-sa-3.0 Río Gallegos port © Ankara/cc-by-sa-3.0 Cathedral of Our Lady of Luján © Dieter Jungblut
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Kirchner mausoleum © flickr.com - Nicolas Giorgetti/cc-by-sa-2.0
Birds in the area include the thrush, rhea, chingolo (rufous-collared sparrow), Chilean flamingo, upland goose and black-necked swan. Gray foxes are predators on the sheep ranched in the city. Other animals found in the area include the guanaco.

On the outskirts of Rio Gallegos there is a wide variety of native plants, including calafates, anartrofilos, oxalis, violets and pansies, paper flowers, calceolarias, hipoqueris, leucerias, perezias, senecios, mata arrears, senecio miser, amancay, lilies, lily of the field.

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