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Christopher Steplight Dr. Flemming Geog. 1101 Five Themes of the Strait of Gibraltar The Strait of Gibraltar is located on the southern tip of Spain and the Southwestern portion of Europe as well as the northern part of Africa, but more specifically the northern part of Morocco. The Strait of Gibraltar is approximately nine miles wide at its narrowest point. The strait has two entry points. One of the strait’s entry points can be located at the Atlantic Ocean on the southeastern part of Europe and the other entry point is located southern portion of Europe in the Mediterranean Sea. The Strait of Gibraltar’s absolute location can be found at Latitude 35 degree north and Longitude 5 degree west. On a map, The Strait of Gibraltar can be located in the Northern/Eastern part of the World’s hemisphere, very close to the Prime Meridian line. Years ago and actually still to this day, the Strait of Gibraltar remains a main passage way of trade for the southern and eastern parts of Europe. Even North Africa uses this strait as trade as well. There have been many disputes on whose strait it actually is. When you look at the strait on paper, it actually appears to be in a good position for trade as well. The wind currents in the strait tend to be either easterly or westerly. From the way the wind currents move, the strait also experiences shallow cold air masses invading the western Mediterranean Ocean from the north. These winds can often stream through as a low-level or high-level wind depending on the currents. We can clearly notice that the Strait of Gibraltar receives a significant amount of water
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exchange with being bordered by two major bodies of water. I believe that the Strait of Gibraltar’s presence prevents the Mediterranean Sea from shrinking to a small salt lake thus keeping its sea life from dying out. One of the world’s most famous landmarks and attractions is the Rock of Gibraltar. Made of limestone, it towers around every building and house along the shores of the Strait. Though the Rock of Gibraltar is miles away from Britain, till this day, the rock is still owned by the British. (Gibraltar) The Rock of Gibraltar is home to the Barbary Apes. These apes are native to Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and were brought here by the British in the 18
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2011 for the course HISTORY 2110 taught by Professor Phoenix during the Spring '11 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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