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Pacific Northwest Inland Sea
Beautiful Pacific Northwest Coast
Watercolor landscapes by James R. Williamson.
For those who live in or yearn for the Pacific Northwest
Washington State and British Columbia share a vast inland sea. Canada and the United States allocate these waters.
Puget Sound forms the southern end of the inland sea. To the north, the Strait of Georgia stretches into a long, deep channel. To the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca connects Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia with the Pacific Ocean.
The shares inland sea is an estuary. Water from the Pacific Ocean meets waters from rivers and streams. Rivers rush down from mountains and glaciers; Cascades, the Olympics, the Vancouver Island, and Coast ranges.
Two rivers supply three quarters of the fresh water entering the inland sea: the Fraser, by far the largest, flows into the southern Strait of Georgia; the Skagit river fans into northern Puget Sound. Whatcom County contributes to the supply of fresh water as the Nooksack River spills into Bellingham Bay.
Two hundred years ago, about 10,000 people lived near the inland sea. Almost seven million are expected to share the shores and watersheds by the year 2010.
Inland shores are filled with fish, birds, and wildlife.
Where the fresh and salt waters meet,
The wind moves through the salt-air,
Driftwood, tall grass, gulls and eagles fly,
Herons serene beauty along the shore�
Realm of the Orca and Raven
Along Puget Sound, exploring a labyrinth of inlets, coves, and bays, we witness the work of natural forces on the terrain: rocky headlands, steep bluffs, forested slopes, deltas, estuaries, tide flats, spits, and beaches made of rock, silt, and sand.
For those who live in,
Or those who long for the Pacific Northwest,
Inland sea, rivers, and streams,
Between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascades,
Fish, birds and wildlife,
Natural beauty and the promise of wilderness
June 4th, 2011
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