Moraleda Channel

Moraleda Channel (Spanish: Canal Moraleda) is a body of water separating the Chonos Archipelago from the mainland of Chile. It is located at 44°24′53″S 73°25′14″W / 44.4147222°S 73.4205556°W / -44.4147222; -73.4205556, leading to Gulf of Corcovado. Southward from the mouth of the Aisén Fjord, Moraleda Channel divides into two arms. The east arm, called Canal Costa (Costa Channel), is the main one. Farther south the name changes to Estero Elefantes (Elefantes Estuary), which terminates in the gulf of the same name. The channel runs along the Liquiñe-Ofqui Fault.

Moraleda Channel
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Canal Moraleda with Cerro Macá in the distance.
Moraleda Channel is located in Chile
Moraleda Channel
Moraleda Channel
LocationSouthern America
Coordinates44°24′53″S 73°25′14″W / 44.4147222°S 73.4205556°W / -44.4147222; -73.4205556Coordinates: 44°24′53″S 73°25′14″W / 44.4147222°S 73.4205556°W / -44.4147222; -73.4205556
Basin countriesChile
Average depth−50 m (−160 ft)

The channel is named after José de Moraleda y Montero, a Spanish navy officer who explored the area in the 1780s.[1]

The deepest part of the channel are situated in west of Magdalena Island.[2]

In 1985 the discovery of merluza fishing grounds in Moraleda Channel sparkled a fishing boom (boom merluzero) that led to the spontaneous growth of two new settlements; Puerto Gaviota and Puerto Gala.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fernández, Ignacio (2009). "Jose de Moraleda y Montero: Cartógrafo de Chiloe y la Patagonia" (in Spanish). ABC de Sevilla. Retrieved August 19, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Rodrigo, Cristián (2006). "Topografía submarina en canales de la Patagonia Norte" (PDF). Avances en el Conocimiento Oceanográfico de las Aguas Interiores Chilenas, Puerto Montt a Cabo de Hornos: 19–23. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  3. ^ Saavedra G., Gonzalo (2007). "Prácticas Económicas en las Costas Insulares de Aisén. Testimonios de Persistencia y Transformación" (PDF). Actas del 6º Congreso Chileno de Antropología. VI Congreso Chileno de Antropología (in Spanish). Valdivia: Colegio de Antropólogos de Chile A. G. pp. 1696–1703.

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