Georgia, Strait of

GEORGIA, STRAIT OF (known as Georgia Strait or, since 2010, the Salish Sea), separates southern VANCOUVER ISLAND from the mainland coast. It extends 220 km from the SAN JUAN ISLANDS in the south to CAMPBELL RIVER in the north and is 20–40 km wide. The water has an average depth of 155 m and a maximum depth of 420 m south of TEXADA ISLAND. The east coast is indented by a series of long, steep-walled inlets (see FJORDS) formed by GLACIATION, the same force that gouged out the floor of the...

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