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Magellan, Strait of

Magallanes, Estrecho de
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Longitude Min 071 00 00 W Latitude Min 54 00 00 S
The Strait of Magellan divides continental South America from Tierra del Fuego. It provides a relatively safe passage for vessels sailing between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

The Strait of Magellan is about 360 kilometres long and varies in width from between 3 to 32 kilometres. It was named after Ferdinand Magellan, commander of the first European voyage through the waterway.
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Created: 22 March 2004

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000387

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