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Cape Horn and Drake Passage

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This aquatic mammal goes by many names: the Panda, Skunk or Piebald dolphin, as well as Commerson’s dolphin. Its official name came from naturalist Philibert Commerson, who discovered the breed in 1767 in the Strait of Magellan during his...

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Among the birds that can be spotted around Cape Horn is the Austral thrush, which measures only 26 centimeters (10 inches) long. Its delicate markings include buff-colored feathers on the breast; a black head, neck and wings; a dark...

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A native of South America, the Patagonian crested duck can be spotted by its mottled breast, distinctive low crest and the dark mask around its eyes. In its ducklike way, it prefers an aquatic environment; it’s found in the lakes,...

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As the primary route from east to west for so many generations, Cape Horn is as drenched in history as it is in monstrous waves. The area has been a crossroads of civilization since the days of Magellan, who pioneered the journey around the Horn....

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Isla Hornos, Chile, Cabo de Hornos, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile

Subarctic islands such as Isla de Hornos are known for their special climates. Like arctic tundra, they are extremely isolated, which makes for a reduced number of species, and their climates are extreme, so they can support...