Cross sound

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Cross sound
Connects waters Gulf of Alaska
with water Icy Strait
Separates land mass Chichagof Island
of land mass Mainland North America
Geographical location 58 ° 11 ′  N , 136 ° 31 ′  W Coordinates: 58 ° 11 ′  N , 136 ° 31 ′  W
Cross Sound (Alaska)
Cross sound
length 19 km
Coastal towns Elfin Cove
Islands Inian Islands , Lemesurier Island

The Cross Sound is a 19 km long strait in the Alexander Archipelago in the Panhandle of Alaska . It connects the Gulf of Alaska with the Icy Strait and lies between Chichagof Island in the south and the mainland in the north.

The northern coast with Taylor Bay and Dundas Bay is part of Glacier Bay National Park . The Brady Glacier flows into Taylor Bay .

As the northern exit of the Inside Passage , a long, sheltered waterway along the coast between the islands and the mainland, which extends almost to Seattle in the south, the Cross Sound offers many marine creatures such as halibut , salmon , humpback whale and porpoise access to the open sea.

The Cape Spencer Lighthouse is at the northern transition to the open sea.

The strait was named by James Cook , in whose calendar the day of discovery, May 3, 1778, was marked as Holy Cross day .

The CrossSound Festival is named after the strait.

Web links

Cross Sound in the Geographic Names Information System of the United States Geological Survey

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Icy Strait-Cross Sound Province on the National Park Service website