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The Falkland Islands or Islas Malvinas

51.7S 57.8W

October 2nd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas - September 24th, 2009

Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas - September 24th, 2009

The Falkland Islands, or Islas Malvinas in Spanish, are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean, located 287 miles (462 km) from the coast of mainland Argentina (visible on the left side of the full image). The islands are a self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom, the capital of which is Stanley, although this claim is disputed by Argentina.

The Falkland Islands comprise two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland (in Spanish Isla Gran Malvina and Isla Soledad respectively), and about 776 small islands. The total land area is 4,700 square miles (12,173 km2), with a coastline estimated at 800 miles (1288 km).

The two main islands on either side of Falkland Sound make up most of the land. Both islands have mountain ranges, the highest point being Mount Usborne, 2312 feet (705 m) on East Falkland. There are also some boggy plains, most notably in Lafonia, on the southern half of East Falkland.

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