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|Ranked 7th |
|Population ||Ranked 8th|
The capital and largest city is La Serena , an attractive, colonial-style beach resort. Coquimbo, a seaport with a greater industrial base than La Serena , is also a beach resort, though generally regarded as grittier, and therefore less attractive for recreational purposes.
The Coquimbo region forms the narrowest part, or 'waist' of Chile, and is hence one of the country's more mountainous regions, as the Andes range runs closer to the sea than elsewhere.
As well as tourism, the province's main industries are agriculture and fishing. Ovalle is an agricultural centre.
The Los Pelambres copper mine, near Salamanca in Choapa is one of the largest in the world with some 2,100 million tonnes of reserves.
The Elqui Valley is home to a number of astronomical observatories thanks to the region's clear skies.
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