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A channel between Tasmania and southeast Australia connecting the Indian Ocean with the Tasman Sea. Its discovery in 1798 by the British explorer George Bass (1771-1803?) proved that Tasmania was not part of the Australian continent.
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(Placename) a channel between mainland Australia and Tasmania, linking the Indian Ocean and the Tasman Sea
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a strait between Australia and Tasmania. 80–150 mi. (130–240 km) wide.
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