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Map showing the location of Cape Agulhas relative to the Cape of Good Hope.

The Agulhas Bank is a broad, shallow part of the continental shelf which extends 250 kilometres (160 mi) south of Cape Agulhas before falling away steeply away to the abyssal plain.

It is the ocean region where the warm Indian Ocean and the cold Atlantic Ocean meet. This convergence leads to treacherous sailing conditions, accounting for numerous wrecked ships in the area over the years. However the meeting of the oceans here also fuels the nutrient cycle for marine life, making it one of the best fishing grounds in South Africa.

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