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Seattle on the Shores of the Puget Sound, Washington State, USA

47.6N 122.3W

May 2nd, 2010 Category: Lakes

USA - April 28th, 2010

USA - April 28th, 2010

The city of Seattle (upper right quadrant) is visible on the shores of the Puget Sound, in this orthorectified image of the U.S. state of Washington. The sound is a complex estuarine system of interconnected marine waterways and basins.

It has one major and one minor connection to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean—Admiralty Inlet being the major connection and Deception Pass being the minor. Flow through Deception Pass accounts for about 2% of the total tidal exchange between Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Puget Sound extends approximately 100 miles (160 km) from Deception Pass in the north to Olympia, Washington in the south. Its average depth is 205 feet (62 m) and its maximum depth, off Point Jefferson between Indianola and Kingston, is 930 feet (280 m).

The term “Puget Sound” is used not just for the body of water but also the general region centered on the sound, including the Seattle metropolitan area, home to about 4.2 million people.

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