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Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands (/ˈfɔːlklənd/; Spanish: Islas Malvinas, pronounced [ˈizlaz malˈβinas]) are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf. The principal islands are about 300 mi east of South America's southern Patagonian coast, at a latitude of about 52°S. The archipelago, with an area of 4700 sqmi, comprises East Falkland, West Falkland and 776 smaller islands. As a British overseas territory, the Falklands have internal self-governance, and the United Kingdom takes responsibility for their defence and foreign affairs. The islands' capital is Stanley on East Falkland.

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Because of the Falklands War in 1982, there are a number of minefields left over in the Islands. But something interesting happened in one mine field. It became a penguin preserve! The mines are still there, they're even still active, but the penguins aren't heavy enough to set them off. Lucky for them, all of their predators are too heavy to set them off, so they are pretty much predator free.

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