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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.

Mountains of Vancouver Island, Canada

49.6N 125.4W

March 19th, 2011 Category: Mountains

Japan – February 18th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows Vancouver Island (below) and the straits separating it from the mainland of British Columbia (visible above in the full image): Johnstone Strait and Queen Charlotte Strait.

The Vancouver Island Ranges run most of the length of the island, dividing it into a wet and rugged west coast and a drier, more rolling east coast. The highest point in these ranges and on the island is the Golden Hinde, at 2,195 metres (7,201 ft).

Located near the centre of Vancouver Island in 2,500 square kilometres (965 sq mi) Strathcona Provincial Park, it is part of a group of peaks that include the only glaciers on the island, the largest of which is the Comox Glacier.

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.