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Cape Horn, Chile

Cape Horn is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile, and is located on the small Hornos Island. Although not the most southerly point of South America (which are the Diego Ramírez Islands), Cape Horn marks the northern boundary of the Drake Passage. For decades it was a major milestone on the clipper route, by which sailing ships carried trade around the world. The waters around the Cape are particularly hazardous, owing to strong winds, large waves, strong currents and icebergs; these dangers have made it notorious as a sailors' graveyard. If conditions are not too bad, some cruise ships on the way to Antarctica do visit this point. For any form of publication, please include the link to this page: www.grida.no/resources/1385

Year: 2014

From album: Antarctica Tourism

Photographer: Peter Prokosch

Tags: Chile

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