How did the Strait of Juan de Fuca get its name?
It was named in 1787 by the maritime fur trader Charles William Barkley, captain of the Imperial Eagle, for Juan de Fuca, the Greek navigator who sailed in a Spanish expedition in 1592 to seek the fabled Strait of Anián.
FUCA (sometimes called Apostolos Valerianos or Phokus Valerianatos), JUAN DE, Greek seaman and explorer; b. 1536 at Valeriano on the island of Cephalonia (Ionian Islands); d. there 1602. Fuca, according to a statement made by him in 1596, had served the king of Spain for 40 years as a mariner and pilot in the Americas.
- In geography, a sound is a large sea or ocean inlet larger than a bay, deeper than a bight, and wider than a fjord; or a narrow sea or ocean channel between two bodies of land (see also strait).
- The Puget Sound region is a coastal area of the Pacific Northwest in the U.S. state of Washington, including Puget Sound, the Puget Sound lowlands, and the surrounding region roughly west of the Cascade Range and east of the Olympic Mountains.
- Puget Sound as we know it today was formed about 13,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age when an ice dam across the Strait of Juan de Fuca broke loose, allowing the marine waters of the Pacific Ocean to rush into Puget Sound and mix with the river waters from the two mountain ranges to form the treasured body
The Juan de Fuca Plate is a tectonic plate generated from the Juan de Fuca Ridge and is subducting under the northerly portion of the western side of the North American Plate at the Cascadia subduction zone. It is named after the explorer of the same name.
- The Ring of Fire is a ring of volcanoes around the Pacific Ocean that result from subduction of oceanic plates beneath lighter continental plates. Most of the Earth's volcanoes are located around the Pacific Ring of Fire because that the location of most of the Earth's subduction zones.
- The outer shell of the earth, the lithosphere, is broken up into tectonic plates. The seven major plates are the African plate, Antarctic plate, Eurasian plate, Indo-Australian plate, North American plate, Pacific plate and South American plate.
- Earthquakes are usually caused when rock underground suddenly breaks along a fault. This sudden release of energy causes the seismic waves that make the ground shake. When two blocks of rock or two plates are rubbing against each other, they stick a little. When the rocks break, the earthquake occurs.
- The Strait of Juan de Fuca is about 100 kilometres long and 25 km wide and has depths ranging from 180m to 250m on the pacific coast and 55m at the sill, - Haro Strait is 50km long and 5km wide and has a maximum depth of about 300m, - The Strait of Georgia is more than 200 km long and about 28 km wide.
- Puget Sound is an estuary, a semi-enclosed body of water in which salt water from the nearby Pacific Ocean mixes with fresh water runoff from the surrounding watershed in western Washington, it is a sheltered arm of ocean between Seattle and the mainland of Washington State to the east and the Olympic Peninsula to the
- The Strait of Juan de Fuca, approximately 102 miles in length and 10 to 18 miles wide, is the access route to the Pacific Ocean from Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia. It also serves as the regional International Boundary between the U.S. and Canada.
- The Juan de Fuca plate is bounded on the south by the Blanco Fracture Zone (running northwest off the coast of Oregon), on the north by the Nootka Fault (running southwest off Nootka Island, near Vancouver Island, British Columbia) and along the west by the Pacific Plate (which covers most of the Pacific Ocean and is
Updated: 20th September 2018