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Salish Sea and Pacific Coast Ranges on Canada-USA Border

48.3N 123.3W

June 19th, 2012 Category: Mountains

USA and Canada - May 15th, 2012

The Salish Sea, visible in the upper left quadrant, is the intricate network of coastal waterways located between the south-western tip of the Canadian province of British Columbia, and the north-western tip the U.S. state of Washington. Its major bodies of water are the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound. The inland waterways of the Salish Sea are partially separated from the open Pacific Ocean (a pelagic zone) by Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula. The latter is located in the state of Washington on the southern shores of the sea. The snow-capped mountains there are known as the Olympic Mountains and are part of the Pacific Coast Ranges.

Straits of Georgia and San Juan de Fuca, USA and Canada

49.3N 123.8W

July 28th, 2011 Category: Mountains

USA - July 25th, 2011

Two straits can be observed in this image of the border between British Columbia, Canada, and Washington State, USA. To the north is the Strait of Georgia, between Vancouver Island (as well as its nearby Gulf Islands) and the mainland coast of British Columbia, Canada. It is approximately 240 km long and varies in width from 18.5 to 55 kilometres (11.5 to 34 mi).

Archipelagos and narrow channels mark each end of the Strait of Georgia, the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands in the south, and the Discovery Islands in the north. The main channels to the south are Haro Strait and Rosario Strait, which connect the Strait of Georgia to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The Strait of Juan de Fuca, visible south of the large Vancouver Island, is a large body of water about 95 mi long forming the principal outlet for the Georgia Strait and Puget Sound, connecting both to the Pacific Ocean. It provides part of the international boundary between the United States and Canada.

Visible at the top edge are the snow-capped peaks of the Pacific Ranges, the southernmost subdivision of the Coast Mountains portion of the Pacific Cordillera. Located entirely within British Columbia, Canada, they run northwest from the lower stretches of the Fraser River to Bella Coola.

Cascade Range Crossing Washington State, USA

47.6N 117.4W

April 16th, 2011 Category: Mountains

USA - April 8th, 2011

This image shows the northwestern part of the state of Washington, USA, near the border with Canada (above). Washington is the northwesternmost state of the contiguous United States.

Its northern border lies mostly along the 49th parallel, and then via marine boundaries through the Strait of Georgia, Haro Strait and Strait of Juan de Fuca, with the Canadian province of British Columbia to the north.

The high mountains of the Cascade Range run north-south, bisecting the state. Western Washington, west of the Cascades, has a mostly marine west coast climate with moderately mild temperatures, wet winters, and dry summers. Western Washington also supports dense forests of conifers and areas of temperate rain forest.

Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains, Canada – February 18th, 2010

49.2N 123.1W

February 18th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Rivers

Canada - January 25th, 2010

Canada - January 25th, 2010

Located on the Burrard Peninsula in western Canada’s province of British Columbia, Vancouver lies between Burrard Inlet to the north and the Fraser River to the south. The Strait of Georgia, to the west, is shielded from the Pacific Ocean by Vancouver Island.

The city, host to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, has an area of 114 km2 (44 sq mi), including both flat and hilly ground. The North Shore Mountains, visible at the top of this orthorectified image, dominate the cityscape, and on a clear day scenic vistas include the snow-capped volcano Mount Baker in the state of Washington to the southeast, Vancouver Island across the Strait of Georgia to the west and southwest, and the Bowen Island to the northwest.

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