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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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Abstract

PALLO, M. CECILIA. Enviromental dynamic constraints in the decisions of human settlement and circulation along the Magellan Strait during the Late Holocene. Magallania [online]. 2011, vol.39, n.2, pp. 177-192. ISSN 0718-2244.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22442011000200013.

The Strait or Magellan was the most important area of connection between the prehistoric peoples settled in Patagonia continental, insular and southernmost Chilean islands of South America. The dynamics inherent in its shape and configuration as a waterway must have set different levels of possibilities in the movement and the settlement of the prehistoric peoples. A biogeographic approach to the hydrodynamic, geomorphologic, ecological and climatic characteristics of the Magellan Strait is offered here. The geographical information systems (GIS) analysis is proposed as an efficient methodology to assess the boundaries that the Strait sets on human decisions concerning installation and movement during the Late Holocene.

Keywords : Magellan Strait; Late Holocene; human use of space; environmental dynamics; GIS.

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