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Encyclopedia > Hood Canal
Great Bend of Hood Canal from the southeast
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Great Bend of Hood Canal from the southeast

Hood Canal, is a fjord off Puget Sound in the U.S. state of Washington, with an average width of 1.5 miles (2.4 km) and an average depth of 500 feet (152 m). It extends for about 50 miles (80 km) southwest from the entrance between Foulweather Bluff and Tala Point to Union, where it turns northeast and extends for about 15 miles (24 km) to Belfair. It separates the Kitsap Peninsula from the Olympic Peninsula for its entire length. U.S. Route 101 runs along its western shore south of Quilcene. The U.S. Navy's Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor Annex, is located on the eastern shore of Hood Canal near Silverdale. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2378x1784, 567 KB) Summary Hood Canal Description: Skokomish River Delta; Olympic National Park; Great Bend of Hood Canal Viewpoint location: Flight 334 from Seattle/Tacoma, WA to Oakland, CA Alaska Airlines Lat/Long: 47. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2378x1784, 567 KB) Summary Hood Canal Description: Skokomish River Delta; Olympic National Park; Great Bend of Hood Canal Viewpoint location: Flight 334 from Seattle/Tacoma, WA to Oakland, CA Alaska Airlines Lat/Long: 47. ... Fjord in Sunnmøre, Norway A fjord (or fiord) is a narrow inlet of the sea between cliffs or steep slopes, which results from marine inundation of a glaciated valley. ... Puget Sound Puget Sound is an arm (sound) of the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Hood Canal’s South Shore is where you’ll find the picturesque little town of Union, located 16 miles south of Belfair on Highway 106. ... Belfair is an unincorporated community located in Mason County, Washington. ... The Kitsap Peninsula, at times called the Indian Peninsula or the Great Peninsula, is the arm of land in Washington state (USA) that lies west of Seattle across Puget Sound and east of the Olympic Peninsula across Hood Canal. ... The Olympic Peninsula is the large arm of land in western Washington state that lies across Puget Sound from Seattle. ... Highway 101 redirects here. ... Quilcene is a census-designated place located in Jefferson County, Washington. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... NB Kitsap logo Naval Base Kitsap is a US Navy base on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington state. ... Silverdale is a census-designated place located in Kitsap County, Washington. ...

Hood Canal from Camp Parsons Boy Scout Camp
Hood Canal from Camp Parsons Boy Scout Camp

Hood Canal was named "Hood's Channel" by Royal Navy Captain George Vancouver for Admiral Lord Samuel Hood on May 13, 1792. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 949 KB) Summary The Hood Canal as seen from a boy scout camp in Washington (state). ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 949 KB) Summary The Hood Canal as seen from a boy scout camp in Washington (state). ... The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the oldest of the British armed services (and is therefore the Senior Service). ... Captain George Vancouver A statue of George Vancouver outside of Vancouver City Hall. ... Admiral Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood, 1724–1816 by James Northcote, painted 1784. ... May 13 is the 133rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (134th in leap years). ... 1792 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


Hood Canal is spanned by the Hood Canal Bridge, the third longest floating bridge in the world at 6,521 feet (1,988 m). According to the Washington State Department of transportation, the Hood Canal Bridge is the only floating bridge constructed on saltwater. [1]. The bridge also accommodates sixteen and a half foot tides. The Hood Canal Bridge, carrying Washington State Route 104 across the Hood Canal from the Olympic Peninsula to the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington state, is the third longest floating bridge in the world, at 7,869 feet (2,398 m). ... A pontoon bridge Pontoon bridges are floating bridges supported by floating pontoons with sufficient buoyancy to support the bridge and dynamic loads. ...


There are several state parks [2] on the shores of Hood Canal including Belfair, Twanoh, Potlatch, Triton Cove, Scenic Beach, Dosewallips, Kitsap Memorial, and Shrine Tidelands.


Recent History

September of 2006 marked the largest dead zone in the history of Hood Canal. The dead zone is believed to be caused by low oxygen levels caused by algal blooms. Algal blooms occur due to the slow turnover of water in the southern end of the canal, causing nutrients from fertilizers and leaky septic systems to build up. When the algae die, bacteria feed and their populations explode, robbing the water of oxygen. Divers searching for invasive species stumbled on a mat of marine bacteria. It covered a four-mile stretch where all normal sea life was dead. Jan Newton, oceanographer at the University of Washington said it was important to note that Hood Canal has had really low oxygen for a long time. The Hood Canal Dissolved Oxygen Program has been formed by 38 groups to try to combat the problem.


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Hood Canal remains restricted (1283 words)
Hood Canal, WA - Hood Canal remains off limits to most fishing because of to a lingering lack of dissolved oxygen in the water.
Hood Canal, a 60-mile long fjord-like body of water, also suffers from poor water circulation and slow flushing activity, which compounds the problem.
He compared Hood Canal's low-oxygen problem to the issue of global warming: More studies are needed, he said, yet enough is known about the problem to take the first steps to reducing the crisis.
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Hood Canal is home to a variety of critters that live in the water and on the land.
The water sources of the canal include snow and glacier melt of the Olympic Mountains and the spring fed lakes and wetlands of the Kitsap Peninsula.
All of these sources provide nutrients to Hood Canal… which is a good thing if the canal has the biological capability to process the nutrients without affecting water quality… and not so good if it creates an imbalance in those biological processes resulting in effects like too little oxygen in the bottom water.
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