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This is a Date Palm, its located in Cabo Rojo in Pedernales in the South West of the Dominican Republic near the border with Haiti. In cabo rojo there is a mine for producing concrete blocks, also the docks for exporting ferronickel and dorι (gold and silver nugget) from the The Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) (it worked from 1959-1983)located in "el hoyo de pelempito" with tropical pine forests in the Bahoruco Mountain Range, with its heights of more than 6,500 feet.

Cabo rojo has white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, just 1 km away from "bahia de las aguilas" considered one of the most beautiful Dominican Beaches and been one of the few in the world who receives every year the four types of sea turtles and manaties. It has an unique environment, with a high level of endemism varying from palm trees to lizards. In the last years there has been a lot of controversy because it belonged to a National Park and some people wanted to sell the bay to build a hotel complex. The nature defendors stepped up against this and "won" the fight for know.

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