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The way from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia nessites the crossing of Magellan's Strait to the Island of Tierra del Fuego. At Punta Delgada, a small settlement near the cold waters of the strait, the bus stopped and waited for the ferry which will take us across the strait. While waiting, I wondered around and immidiatley saw the prominent lighthouse and the photo oppourunity awaiting me there...
Some words about Chile's famous lightouses:
"Chile has one of the world's most dangerous coastlines, more than 4000 km (2500 mi) long with at least 5000 rocky islands, and thus the Chilean navy operates one of the world's most active lighthouse services...The Strait of Magellan did not become an important shipping route until the 1880's, as steam replaced sail power for ships between the Atlantic and Pacific. The island of Tierra del Fuego, on the south side of the Strait, was divided between Chile and Argentina in 1884 in such a way that Chile kept control of the entire Strait. Disputes between Chile and Argentina over the ownership of smaller islands south of Tierra del Fuego were not resolved finally until 1985, when the two countries accepted a mediation decision by Pope John Paul II." Adapted from "Lighthouses of Southern Chile" (http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/lighthouse/chlso.htm).
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