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Ise Bay and Nagoya, Japan

April 12th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Ise Bay, Japan - April 2nd, 2009

Ise Bay, Japan - April 2nd, 2009

Ise Bay is a bay located at the mouth of the Kiso River, between Mie and Aichi Prefectures in Japan. It has an average depth of 19.5 metres, and a maximum depth of 30 metres toward its centre.

The mouth of the bay is 9 kilometres wide and is connected to the smaller Mikawa Bay by two channels, the Nakayama Channel and the Morosaki Channel. Mikawa Bay is subsequently joined to the Pacific Ocean by the Irako Channel which ranges from 50 to 100 metres in depth.

The flat coastal plain that stretches from Kuwana in northern Mie Prefecture to Ise is called the Ise Plain, and this plain lies on the western shore of Ise Bay.

The city of Nagoya is located on the shores of the bay. Nagoya Port, located on the northern shore of Ise Bay, is the largest trading port in Japan and Chubu Centrair International Airport, built on an artificial island in the bay, was opened in 2005 to serve the region.

After the end of the Second World War, the Ise Bay region contributed greatly to the rapid recovery of the Japanese economy. This rapid expansion of large industry has come at a cost, though, with pollution affecting the water quality and landfills and the like reducing the number of tidelands, seaweed beds and other areas vital in preserving the habitat of local flora and fauna. Sea walls built to protect human habitation, particularly after the 1959 Ise-wan Typhoon, have left more and more areas virtually cut off from the sea.

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