Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952453 | Print ISBN: 9780761930297 | Online ISBN: 9781412952453| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Tierra del Fuego
M. Fernanda Astiz
Tierra del Fuego (“land of fire” in Spanish) is the southernmost tip of Argentina and Chile's southern Patagonian territories. It is an archipelago that consists of a large island, called Tierra del Fuego as well, and a group of smaller islands separated from the continent by the Strait of Magellan. Half of the large island, and the islands west of it, are part of the Magallanes region of Chile. The eastern part of the archipelago belongs to Argentina. The archipelago of Tierra del Fuego is surrounded by the Andes mountains and the south Pacific Ocean to the west, the plateau of Patagonia and the waters of the south Atlantic Ocean (Mar Argentino) to ...