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The Strait of Gibraltar
Strait of Gibraltar
Public DomainStrait of Gibraltar - Credit: NASA

Africa and Europe lie just 14km apart at the strait that links the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.   In the Ancient World, the strait was known as the “Pillars of Hercules”. 

The Strait has always been of extreme strategic importance, hence the longstanding British claim on the Rock of Gibraltar.   Today, illegal immigration and drug trafficking across the Strait are major challenges for the Spanish authorities.

 

The Strait from Spain
Creative Commons AttributionThe Strait from Spain - Credit: teclasorg, Flickr