What does m. a. e. l. s. t. r. o. n. mean?
A Maelstrom is a very powerful whirlpool; a large, swirling body of water. A free vortex, it has considerable downdraft. The power of tidal whirlpools tends to be exaggerated by laymen; there are few stories of large ships ever being sucked into a maelstrom, although smaller craft are in danger.
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