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9 Surf Spots That Are Going, Going, Gone

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Cobquecura, Chile

The left point breaks of Cobquecura, Chile have long been a closely-guarded secret. Local surfers, however, are in the process of sacrificing their coveted solitude in an effort to protect the waves they love.

Just up the Rio Itata, a paper mill is nearing construction. Strong protests from neighboring residents has convinced the company to find a solution that will save the river: However, their new plan -- to construct a pipeline that will carry pollution directly to a dumping point on the coast -- is just an environmental disaster in a different location.

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