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Lemaire Channel

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Lemaire Channel   Antarctica
Lemaire Channel

Lemaire Channel is one of the most visited parts of the Danco Coast, and all of Antarctica for that matter. The narrow channel is 1.6 kilometers wide and 11 kilometers long (one mile wide by seven long) and is surrounded by sheer cliffs and often dotted with icebergs. What makes it so popular, aside from its stunning setting, is that the sea here is often unusually calm, protected by Booth Island along its northern side.  Expedition leader Adrien de Gerlache named the channel as well as nearby Lemaire Island for Charles Antoine Lemaire, a French botanist and writer.