Editor's note

The big news this week was the Morrison government committing a warship, surveillance aircraft and about 200 troops to a US-led convoy to protect ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz. If you responded to the news with “the strait of what?”, you’re not alone. That’s why our talented multimedia editor Wes Mountain created this interactive map to help us understand why this narrow body of water has suddenly become the stage for the growing tensions between the US and Iran.

Click through the interactive and if you enjoy it (or learn something new) be sure to share this article with your friends and family.

Molly Glassey

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