Moraleda Channel

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Moraleda Channel
Canal Moraleda with Cerro Macá in the distance.
A ferry with occasional whale watching in the Canal Moraleda.

Moraleda Channel (Spanish: Canal Moraleda) is a body of water separating the Chonos Archipelago from the mainland of Chile. It is located at 44°24′53″S 73°25′14″W / 44.4147222°S 73.4205556°W / -44.4147222; -73.4205556, leading to Gulf of Corcovado. Southward from the mouth of the Aisén Fjord, Moraleda Channel divides into two arms. The east arm, called Canal Costa (Costa Channel), is the main one. Farther south the name changes to Estero Elefantes (Elefantes Estuary), which terminates in the gulf of the same name. The channel runs along the Liquiñe-Ofqui Fault.

The deepest part of the channel are situated in front of Magdalena Island.[1]


  1. ^ Rodrigo, Cristián (2006). "Topografía submarina en canales de la Patagonia Norte" (PDF). Avances en el conocimiento oceanográfico de las aguas interiores chilenas, Puerto Montt a cabo de Hornos: 19–23. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 

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