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Santa Cruz
Province
Clockwise from top: Cueva de las Manos, Harbour of Río Gallegos, Perito Moreno Glacier (Los Glaciares National Park), Río Pinturas.
Clockwise from top: Cueva de las Manos, Harbour of Río Gallegos, Perito Moreno Glacier (Los Glaciares National Park), Río Pinturas.
Flag of Santa Cruz
Flag
Coat of arms of Santa Cruz
Coat of arms
Location of Santa Cruz within Argentina
Location of Santa Cruz within Argentina
Country Argentina
Capital Río Gallegos
Departments 7
Municipalities 27
Area
Ranked 2nd
 • Total 243,943 km2 (94,187 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 272,524 (Ranked 23rd)
 • Density 1.1/km2 (3/sq mi)
Demonym(s) santacruceño
Time zone ART (UTC−3)
ISO 3166 code AR-Z

Santa Cruz is a province of Argentina. It is in the southern part of the country, in Patagonia. It borders Chile to the west and south. To the east is the Atlantic Ocean. It is the second largest province of the country (after Buenos Aires province). It has the fewest people in mainland Argentina. Perito Moreno National Park and Los Glaciares National Park are here.

Río Turbio is Argentina's only active coal mine. There is also mining for gold, clay, gypsum, and salt. Sheep are also important for the economy. They are used both for wool and meat.

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