Posted by: danielfee | May 23, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 05-23-2013

Tierra del Fuego Picture: Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego - Ensenada Zaratiegui

Beagal Channel- Tierra del Fuego –  Argentina

Ensenada Zaratiegui

Ensenada Zaratiegui

 

The Beagle Channel is a strait trough the archipelago island chain of Tierra del Fuego on the extreme southern tip of South America. The 150 mile long channel is partly in Chile and partly in Argentina. The channel’s eastern area forms part of the border between Chile and Argentina and the western area is entirely within Chile. The Beagle Channel, the Straits of Magellan to the north, and the open ocean Drake Passage to the south are the three navigable passages around South America between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Beagle Channel is a very narrow passage, 3 miles wide at its narrowest point, which severely limit the size and types of ships that can safely use it. Hence, most commercial shipping is done through the Drake Passage. The Beagle Channel was named for the British ship Beagle, in which Charles Darwin explored the area in 1833–34.

 

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  1. Did you run into Mark Sanford?

    • No, but I looked for him when I was hiking on the Appalachian Trail. 🙂


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