An inlet is a narrow body of water between islands or leading inland from a larger body of water, often leading to an enclosed body of water, such as a sound, bay,
lagoonor marsh. In sea coasts an inlet usually refers to the actual connection between a bay and the oceanand is often called an "entrance." A certain kind of inlet created by glaciation is a fjord, typically but not always in mountainous coastlines and also in montane lakes.
Complexes of large inlets or fjords may be called sounds, e.g.
Puget Sound, Howe Sound, Karmsund("sund" is Norwegian for "sound"). Some fjord-type inlets are called canals, e.g. Portland Canal, Lynn Canal, Hood Canal, and some are channels, e.g. Dean Channel, Douglas Channel.
British Columbia Coast
* [http://cirp.wes.army.mil/cirp/cirp.html Coastal Inlets Research Program]
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