<p><br> "You die here, you dry here," goes a saying in Chile's parched Atacama Desert, where corpses left exposed by looters quickly shrivel in the sun. At this cemetery in the town of Puelma, open coffins are everywhere, the bodies inside still laced in their boots.</p>

Corpse With Boots, Chile


"You die here, you dry here," goes a saying in Chile's parched Atacama Desert, where corpses left exposed by looters quickly shrivel in the sun. At this cemetery in the town of Puelma, open coffins are everywhere, the bodies inside still laced in their boots.

Photograph by Joel Sartore

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