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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A channel between Tasmania and southeast Australia connecting the Indian Ocean with the Tasman Sea. Its discovery in 1798 by the British explorer George Bass (died c. 1812) proved that Tasmania was not part of the Australian continent.


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  • THE GAP OF SEA separating Tasmania from mainland Australia is known as the Bass Strait.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • With gales and strong winds blowing across the channel now known as Bass Strait, they made their way along the coast -- the northern shores of Van Diemen's Land -- till they found a wide inlet.

    A Book of Discovery The History of the World's Exploration, From the Earliest Times to the Finding of the South Pole

  • Tasmania is currently separated from mainland Australia by the Bass Strait which is 240 km wide at its narrowest and less than 70 m deep at its shallowest.

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  • During this timeframe CSG explorers kept proving reserves in the Bowen and Surat Basins and signing agreements to supply gas-fired power stations, while existing sources of gas supply, such as Bass Strait and the Cooper Basin, have plateaued.

    Peak Energy

  • Peak wind gusts hit 105mph on Hogan's Island, Bass Strait, on Tuesday morning, the strongest recorded there in three years.

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  • Our last stop was the Bass Strait side of the Mornington Peninsula National Park ... and what's left of London Bridge, to be exact.

    Neil: Sat 2 Jan 10

  • You can just see the heads the ships pass through to get into the bay, and Bass Strait beyond.

    Neil: Sat 2 Jan 10

  • The beautiful coastline on the Bass Strait side ... this is what makes it so perfect.

    Neil: Mon 4 Jan 10

  • With Bass Strait right there in front of us, taking a shortcut through it and out of the weather had to be considered too.

    True Spirit

  • The pressure of deciding whether to cut through Bass Strait or to stick to the plan and sail under Tasmania was doing my head in.

    True Spirit


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