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Riesco Island


Riesco Island lies at west of the Brunswick Peninsula, Chile. It has an area of and the highest point is Mount Atalaya at . The island is bordered by two large piedmont embayments: Otway Sound and Skyring Sound. A narrow channel connects both bodies of water and separates the island from Patagonia mainland. The island is separated from the southern part of the Munoz Gamero Peninsula by another narrow channel.

Riesco Island (Isla Riesco in Spanish) hosts Chile's largest known coal reserves. It is thought to contain more than 300 million tonnes of low-quality coal in three deposits: Rio Eduardo, Elena and Estancia Invierno.

Glaciers occur on the island. In the north, an icefield is the source of 7 glaciers and Cerro Ladrillero has 12 glaciers on its slopes. In the southern portion of the island, Cordova Peninsula marks the easthern limit of the Strait of Magellan and is home to several mountain glaciers.

Riesco is a surname. In Chile, a president called German Riesco was elected at the beginning of the 20th century. A lot of places have been named after him, including a Riesco River, a lake, an island and several streets.

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