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Strait of Magellan


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  • proper n. A navigable sea route between the southern coast of Chile and the northern coast of Tierra del Fuego.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the strait separating South America from Tierra del Fuego and other islands to the south of the continent; discovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520; an important route around South America before the Panama Canal was built


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  •   After an epic voyage across the Atlantic, down the eastern coast of South America through what we now call the Strait of Magellan and across the Pacific Ocean, Magellan was killed in April 1521 during a battle with natives on Mactan Island in the Philippines.

    On Boldly Going

  • He rounded the southern end of South America through the passage that is now called the Strait of Magellan, then sailed across the ocean that he named the Pacific, because of its gentle winds.


  • As Ms. Ridley says, Baret lived to circle the globe, botanizing on the sides of the Strait of Magellan, traversing the Pacific, climbing on the slopes of an island volcano, and trekking through the rain forest of Madagascar, before finally finding her way back to France.

    Incredible Voyage

  • His open-water swimming résumé includes crossing the English Channel, the Strait of Magellan, and the Strait of Gibraltar.

    Brooklyn's Swimming Mecca

  • Alone in the Strait of Magellan, battered for weeks, he experienced an epiphany and came to appreciate nature's blank indifference.

    Fury and Terror On the High Seas

  • In his account of the harrowing trip, "Voyaging: Southward From the Strait of Magellan," the woodcuts lavishly distributed through the story conspire with his bravura prose to refresh the derivation of "straitened" circumstances and convey the "spirit-stirring glamour of the terrible."

    Fury and Terror On the High Seas

  • Tierra del Fuego, the wild tip of Patagonia overlooking the Strait of Magellan, was called Fireland in English for the smoke signals that Magellan observed being used to summon natives to rob and repel aliens.

    Fury and Terror On the High Seas

  • The Patagonian Shelf large marine ecosystem (LME) extends from Uruguay to the Strait of Magellan.


  • Argentina is strategically located relative to sea lanes between the South Atlantic and the South Pacific Oceans (via Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel, and Drake Passage).


  • Islas Malvinas, officially Colony of the Falkland Islands, group of islands (1991 pop. 2,121), 4,618 sq mi (11,961 sq km), S Atlantic, c. 300 mi (480 km) E of the Strait of Magellan.

    Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)


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