Sable Island

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Sable Island,

low, sandy island, c.25 mi (40 km) long and 1 mi (1.6 km) wide, off N.S., Canada, ESE of Halifax, near the edge of the continental shelf. The crescent-shaped island is the exposed part of a sand shoal that stretches northeast-southwest for more than 100 mi (160 km). The island was known to mariners in the early 16th cent., and a small French semimilitary colony was there from 1598 to 1603. Known as the "graveyard of the Atlantic," Sable Island is a major hazard to navigation and has been the scene of many shipwrecks; at the time of Canadian confederation the island was made the specific responsibility of the national government. It has two light stations and a weather station; from the 19th to mid-20th cent. it was the site of a lifesaving station. The island, which is now a national park reserve, is a breeding place for seals and has wild horses and many species of birds. There are natural gas wells offshore.


See B. Armstrong, Sable Island (1981, 2d ed. 2010) and M. de Villiers and S. Hirtle, Sable Island (2004).

Sable Island,

New Caledonia: see Sandy IslandSandy or Sable Island,
Fr. Île de Sable, misreported island, New Caledonia, S Pacific, in the Coral Sea some 70 mi (110 km) E of the Chesterfield Islands.
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Parks Canada and the Sable Island Institute are working together to reinstate a beach monitoring program on Sable Island; increase educational and outreach programs; and further improve visitor experiences of the islands environmental and cultural heritage.
In the winter of 1945, Sable Island saved the lives of seven young airmen just by being there.
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"Seals with similar characteristic spiral or corkscrew injuries have been reported from Atlantic Canada for at least the last 15 years at Sable Island off Nova Scotia and the Gulf of St Lawrence.
Sable Island is famous for its hardy herd of wild ponies.
En 1969 se registro la muerte de 72 ballenas en Nueva Zelanda; en 1978, 117 ballenas encallaron en las costas de Sable Island, Nueva Escocia, Canada; en 1979, en las costas del noroeste de Baja California Sur, Mexico, quedaron atrapadas mas de cincuenta ballenas.
They would navigate their schooners around Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia.
Off the coast of which country is Sable Island, known because of its many shipwrecks as %the graveyard of the AtlanticEUR?
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The total number of dead animals recorded in the Tornquist die-off was higher than that reported in Great Basin (Berger, 1983), and similar in magnitude to those reported in Sable Island (Welsh, 1975), in Pryor Mountain (Garrott and Taylor, 1990), and from U.S.
About an hour's plane ride due east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, sits Sable Island. It's about 30 miles long and not much more than a dune.