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Cook Inlet, showing Knik and Turnagain Arms
Cook Inlet, showing Knik and Turnagain Arms

The Cook Inlet or Nuti Inlet is a large inlet of the Gulf of Alaska in south-central Alaska. It stretches for approximately 195 miles or 310 kilometers southwest to northeast, separating the Kenai Peninsula from mainland Alaska. It branches into the Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm at its northern end, on either side of Anchorage. Cook Inlet © 2004 Matthew Trump File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Cook Inlet © 2004 Matthew Trump File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... An Inlet is a narrow body of water which usually drains from a larger body of water, such as from an ocean, into a lake. ... The Gulf of Alaska is an arm of the Pacific Ocean defined by the curve of the southern coast of Alaska, stretching from the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak Island in the west to the Alexander Archipelago in the east, where Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage are to be found. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: The Last Frontier, The Land of the Midnight Sun Other U.S. States Capital Juneau Largest city Anchorage Governor Frank Murkowski (R) Senators Ted Stevens (R) Lisa Murkowski (R) Official language(s) English Area 663,267 mi² / 1,717,854 km² (1st)  - Land 571... A mile is any of several units of distance, or, in physics terminology, of length. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer) (symbol: km) is a unit of length equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words khilia = thousand and metro = count/measure). ... The Kenai Peninsula in Alaska The Kenai Peninsula is a large peninsula jutting from the southern coast of Alaska in the United States. ... This article is about the geomorphological/geopolitical term; MAINLAND is also a cheese brand owned by Fonterra, a New Zealand dairy company. ... Jump to: navigation, search Nickname: The City of Lights Founded Incorporated November 23, 1920  County Anchorage Municipality, Alaska Mayor Mark Begich Area  - Total  - Water 5,079. ...


The inlet was first explored by Europeans in 1778 when James Cook sailed into it while searching for the Northwest Passage. It was named after Cook in 1794 by George Vancouver, who had served under Cook in 1778. World map showing Europe (geographically) When considered a continent, Europe is the worlds second-smallest continent in terms of area, with an area of 10,600,000 km² (4,140,625 square miles), making it larger than Australia only. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1778 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search James Cook, portrait by Nathaniel Dance, c. ... Popular Northwest Passage routes through the Canadian archipelago This article describes the route through the Canadian Arctic. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1794 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search Captain George Vancouver George Vancouver (June 22, 1757 – May 12, 1798) was an officer of the Royal Navy, and an explorer best known for his exploration of North America, including the Pacific coast along Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia; he also explored the southwest coast of...


Its watershed covers about 40,000 square miles or 100,000 km² of southern Alaska east of the Aleutian Range and south of the Alaska Range, receiving the Susitna and Matanuska rivers. The watershed includes the drainage areas of Mount McKinley. Within the watershed there are four active volcanoes and seven national parks. The inlet provides navigable access to the port of Anchorage at its northern end, and smaller Homer further south. Approximately 400,000 people live within the Cook Inlet watershed. Jump to: navigation, search A watershed is a region of land where water flows into a specified body of water, such as a river, lake, sea, or ocean. ... Jump to: navigation, search A square mile is the area equal to a square with sides each 1 mile long. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... The Aleutian Range is the mountain range of the Alaska Peninsula in southeast Alaska. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Alaska Range is a mountain range that extends for about 650 km (400 mi) across south-central Alaska, from Iliamna Lake at the SW end to White River in Canada at the SE end. ... The Susitna River in south central Alaska The Susitna River (soo-SIT-nuh) is a river, approximately 300 mi (480 km) long, in south central Alaska in the United States. ... The Matanuska River, in south central Alaska The Matanuska River is a river, approximately 75 mi (120 km) long, in southern Alaska in the United States. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Murray River in Australia. ... Denali redirects here. ... Jump to: navigation, search A volcano is a geological landform (usually a mountain) where magma (rock of the Earths interior made molten or liquid by extremely high temperatures along with a reduction in pressure and/or the introduction of water or other volatiles) erupts through the surface of the... All United States parks designated National Parks and most National Monuments are maintained by the National Park Service of the United States which also maintains several other types of protected areas of the United States: // National Parks As of 2005, there are 58 officially-designated National Parks in the United... Jump to: navigation, search Seaport, a painting by Claude Lorrain, 1638 The Port of Wellington at night. ... Homer is a town located in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska. ...


The Cook Inlet basin contains large oil and gas deposits including several offshore fields. As of 2005 there were 16 platforms in Cook Inlet, the oldest of which is the XTO A platform first installed by Amoco in 1964, and newest of which is the Osprey platform installed in 2000. There are also numerous oil and gas pipelines running around and under the Cook Inlet. The main destinations of the gas pipelines are to Kenai where the gas is primarily used to fuel commercial fertilizer production, and to Anchorage where the gas is consumed largely for domestic uses.


The Cook inlet Beluga whale is a genetically–distinct and geographically–isolated stock [1]. The population has fallen to less than 300, apparently due to pollution and habitat disturbance, although hunting has also played a role. This article refers to the whale, beluga. ...

The bore appears as a wall of turbulent water
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The bore appears as a wall of turbulent water

Turnagain Arm is one of only about 60 bodies of water worldwide to exhibit a tidal bore. The bore may be more than six feet high and travel at 15 miles per hour on high spring tides. On a typical day, Turnagain Arm sees tides of more than 30 feet, second in North America to Canada's Bay of Fundy. The ocean's natural 12-hour 25-minute tidal cycle is close to Turnagain Arm's natural resonant frequency, which then reinforces the tide similar to water sloshing in a bathtub. Tidal fluctuations in the main body of Cook Inlet, while not as extreme as the shallow and narrow Turnagain Arm, regularly reach 25 feet and exhibit currents in excess of 5 knots at full tidal flow. Download high resolution version (1768x960, 1195 KB)The tidal bore in Turnagain Inlet. ... Download high resolution version (1768x960, 1195 KB)The tidal bore in Turnagain Inlet. ... The tidal bore in Upper Cook Inlet, Alaska A tidal bore (or just bore, or eagre) is a tidal phenomenon in which the leading edge of the incoming tide forms a wave (or waves) of water that travel up a river or narrow bay against the direction of the current. ... The tide is the regular rising and falling of the oceans surface caused by changes in gravitational forces external to the Earth. ... This article is about tides in the ocean. ... The Bay of Fundy is a bay located on the Atlantic coast of North America, on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. ...


Turnagain Arm and Knik Arm are known for their abundance of silt. At low tide, the arms' silty bottoms are exposed, making marine navigation impossible. These so-called mudflats are also dangerous to walk on, exhibiting quicksand-like characteristics, and have claimed the limbs and lives of several beach explorers who have wandered out on them. For this reason cruise ships dock at Seward or Whittier in Prince William Sound and transport passengers via bus or train to Anchorage. However, over 95% of freight entering Alaska comes through the Port of Anchorage, which is served by major container ship companies and other carriers. Silt refers to soil or rock particles of a certain very small size range (see grain size). ... Mudflats are relatively flat, muddy regions found in intertidal areas. ... Quicksand and warning sign at a gravel extraction site. ... Legend of the Seas moored at San Diego, California A cruise ship, or less commonly cruise liner, is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the amenities of the ship are considered an essential part of the experience. ... Seward is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska. ... Whittier is a town located in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area of Alaska. ... Prince William Sound, on the south coast of Alaska. ... The Port of Anchorage is the most active port in Alaska, transmitting 95% of the flows in and out of Alaska. ... Container ship Rita being loaded at Copenhagen; note crew standing on deck, and stacks of containers on shore. ...


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Cook Inlet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (562 words)
The Cook Inlet or Nuti Inlet is a large inlet of the Gulf of Alaska in south-central Alaska.
As of 2005 there were 16 platforms in Cook Inlet, the oldest of which is the XTO A platform first installed by Amoco in 1964, and newest of which is the Osprey platform installed in 2000.
The Cook inlet Beluga whale is a genetically–distinct and geographically–isolated stock [1].
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