Juan de Fuca Strait

Juan de Fuca Strait [wän də fo͞ok′ə, wän΄dəfyo͞ok′ə]
after Juan de Fuca, a sailor, who reputedly discovered it for Spain (1592)
strait between Vancouver Island and NW Wash.: c. 100 mi (161 km) long: also called Strait of Juan de Fuca

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Strait, North Pacific Ocean.

Located between the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, U.S., and Canada's Vancouver Island, it is 11–17 mi (18–27 km) wide and 80–100 mi (130–160 km) long. It is named for a Greek who sailed in the service of Spain and who may have visited the passage in 1592. It is used by ships bound for Vancouver and Seattle. Settlements along its banks include Victoria, B.C., and Port Angeles, Wash.

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      narrow passage, 11–17 miles (18–27 km) in width, of the eastern North Pacific Ocean, between the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state, U.S., and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Can. Part of the United States–Canadian international boundary lies in mid-channel.

      From Cape Flattery and the open Pacific, the strait stretches 80–100 miles (130–160 km) east to join with Haro Strait and touches Whidbey Island, which blocks the entrance to Puget Sound (south). Mid-channel depths decrease from 900 feet (275 m) at its Pacific entrance to 300 feet (90 m) in the east. Tidal movements are complicated by northward-moving flood tides from the Pacific coast of Washington entering the strait during part of the time when a conflicting westward-flowing ebb tide is going out. Tidal rips are common off points and over shallows. Strong west or southwest winds are also common. The strait, which is named for a Greek who sailed in the service of Spain and may have visited the passage in 1592, is used by ships bound for Vancouver and Seattle. Settlements along its banks include Victoria, B.C. (northeast), and Port Angeles, Wash. (southeast).

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  • Juan de Fuca Strait — [wän də fo͞ok′ə, wän΄dəfyo͞ok′ə] [after Juan de Fuca, a sailor, who reputedly discovered it for Spain (1592)] strait between Vancouver Island and NW Wash.: c. 100 mi (161 km) long: also called Strait of Juan de Fuca …   English World dictionary

  • Juan de Fuca,Strait of — Juan de Fu·ca (də fo͞oʹkə, fyo͞oʹ ), Strait of A strait between northwest Washington State and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, linking Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia with the Pacific Ocean. Discovered by an English captain in… …   Universalium

  • Juan de Fuca, Strait of — geographical name strait 100 miles (161 kilometers) long between Vancouver Island, British Columbia, & Olympic Peninsula, Washington …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Juan de Fuca Strait —  Passage in Puget Sound between Washington and British Columbia …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Juan de Fuca Strait —    Between Vancouver Island and United States mainland.    Index: D Its discovery, 9, 14, 19; rediscovered by Kendrick, 25.    Bib.: Walbran, British Columbia Coast Names …   The makers of Canada

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  • Juan de Fuca — /wahn di fyooh keuh, fooh , jooh euhn/ a strait between Vancouver Island and NW Washington. 100 mi. (160 km) long; 15 20 mi. (24 32 km) wide. Also called Juan de Fuca Strait. * * * …   Universalium

  • Juan de Fuca — /wahn di fyooh keuh, fooh , jooh euhn/ a strait between Vancouver Island and NW Washington. 100 mi. (160 km) long; 15 20 mi. (24 32 km) wide. Also called Juan de Fuca Strait …   Useful english dictionary

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