Desolación Island at the west entrance of the Strait of Magellan. Click on the image to obtain the big map
|Archipelago||Tierra del Fuego|
|Area||1,352 km2 (522 sq mi)|
|Coastline||866.1 km (538.17 mi)|
|Highest elevation||1,128 m (3,701 ft)|
|Highest point||Monte Harte Dyke|
Its Northwestern point is called Cabo Pilar (Cape Pillar), and marks the entrance to the Strait of Magellan. Off Cape Pillar are three rocks in the sea, called Islotes Evangelistas (the Apostles).
Desolación Island in fiction
The Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child novel The Ice Limit described an expedition to Isla Desolacion near Cape Horn in Chile. The map in the (paperback) edition incorrectly identifies easterly Isla Wollastone as Isla Desolacion.
Ishmael, in Herman Melvilles classic novel, "Moby Dick", recalls a marble tablet at a whalemen's chapel in New Bedford which pays homage to a whaleman named John Talbot who lost his life whaling "near the Isle of Desolation, off Patagonia". This recollection occurs in Chapter 7, "The Chapel".
- J. David Williams (1873). "Patagonia". The Peoples' Pictorial Atlas. New York. Retrieved 2012-01-10 (map)
- J. H. Colton (1857). "Patagonia". New York. Retrieved 2012-01-10 (map)
- Islands of Chile @ United Nations Environment Programme
- World island information @ WorldIslandInfo.com
- South America Island High Points above 1000 meters
- United States Hydrographic Office, South America Pilot (1916)
- UN SYSTEM-WIDE EARTHWATCH Web Site
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