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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.

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.

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.