Gibraltar, Strait of


Gibraltar, Strait of

geographical name

Definition of GIBRALTAR, STRAIT OF

channel between Spain & Africa connecting the Atlantic & Mediterranean ab 8 miles (12.8 kilometers) wide at narrowest point

Gibraltar, Strait of

geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

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 Marroquí (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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