13 March 2012

In the center of it all

Take a look at this map of Chile... Now think of the answer to the following question:
"Where is the geographic center of Chile?"

Map of Chile here: http://www.mapsofworld.com/save_image.php?id=http://www.mapsofworld.com/chile/maps/chile-political-map.jpg

Let me guess.....you answered somewhere around Santiago - maybe a bit north of that ....right?

Actually, that would be absolutely wrong!

We often forget that Chile has a claim to part of Antartica. That means that the geographic center is actually much further south ... South of Punta Arenas near the Strait of Magellan. It's just a bit north of Fuerte Bulnes and inland of Puerto Hambre.
If these places aren't ringing any bells take a look here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_extreme_points_of_Chile#Geographical_center

As this point is marked, we stopped at it today on the way back from Fuerte Bulnes.












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Location:Angamos,Punta Arenas,Chile

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