Monday, 26 August 2013

Cape of Good Hope in South Africa

Cape of Good Hope in South Africa

The Cape of Good Hope (Afrikaans: die Kaap van Goeie Hoop, Dutch: About this sound Kaap de Goede Hoop (help·info), Dutch pronunciation: [kaːb də ˈɣudə ɦoːp], Portuguese: Cabo da Boa Esperança) is a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa.
There is a misconception that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa, because it was once believed to be the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. In fact, the southernmost point is Cape Agulhas, about 150 kilometres (90 mi) to the east-southeast. The currents of the two oceans meet at the point where the warm-water Agulhas current meets the cold water Benguela current and turns back on itself—a point that fluctuates between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point (about 1.2 kilometres east of the Cape of Good Hope).


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