…circumpolar icecaps, arctic and antarctic: its climatic and commercial significance: its preponderance of 3 to 1 over the dry land of the globe: its indisputable hegemony extending in square leagues over all the region below the subequatorial tropic of Capricorn: the multisecular stability of its primeval basin: its luteofulvous bed: its capacity to dissolve and hold in solution all soluble substances including millions of tons of the most precious metals: its slow erosions of…
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We had crossed the Tropic of Capricorn, and the Strait of Magellan opened less than 700 miles to the south.
Jules Verne -- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea