Gibraltar, Strait of

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Gibraltar, Strait of

geographical name

Channel, connecting the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. Lying between southernmost Spain and northwesternmost Africa, it is 36 mi (58 km) long and narrows to 8 mi (13 km) between Point MarroquĂ­ (Spain) and Point Cires (Morocco). At the strait's eastern extreme, 14 mi (23 km) apart, stand the Pillars of Heracles, which have been identified as the Rock of Gibraltar at Gibraltar and one of two peaks in North Africa: Mount Hacho (held by Spain), near the Spanish exclave of Ceuta, or Jebel Moussa (Musa), in Morocco. The strait has long been of great strategic and economic importance.

Variants of GIBRALTAR, STRAIT OF

Gibraltar, Strait of ancient Fretum Herculeum

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