is a peninsula
forming the southern part of East Falkland
, the largest of the Falkland Islands
Geography and geology
Shaped like the letter "E", it is joined to the northern part of the island by a 1.5-mile (2.5 km) narrow isthmus
; were this isthmus to be severed, Lafonia would be the third largest of the Falkland Islands. Falkland Sound
runs to the west between Lafonia and West Falkland
. Choiseul Sound
divides Lafonia from the northern part of East Falkland.Barren Island
, Bleaker Island
, George Island
, Lively Island
, Sea Lion Island
and Speedwell Island
are all off Lafonia.
The geology of north west Lafonia is Permian
, and similar to that of parts of Ecca Pass
in South Africa
. The plain of Lafonia is constituted by arenaceous sediments of the Lafonia Group. Depressions in the sediments formed where they were cut vertically by basalt dikes. The plain of Lafonia is constituted by arenaceous sediments of the Lafonia Group. Depressions in the sediments formed where they were cut vertically by basalt dykes.
In the 21st century, Lafonia has seen gold prospecting by Falkland Gold and Minerals Ltd.
History and Population
The land is gentle and low-lying, but almost uninhabited, falling into the "camp
" category. Most of its settlement occurred in the mid 19th century.
In 1845, Mr Samuel Fisher Lafone, a... Read More