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Encyclopedia > Santa Barbara Channel
Looking south-southwest, across the Santa Barbara Channel; the Channel Islands are in the distance.
Looking south-southwest, across the Santa Barbara Channel; the Channel Islands are in the distance.

The Santa Barbara Channel is that part of the Pacific Ocean which separates the mainland of California from the northern Channel Islands. It is generally south of the city of Santa Barbara, and west of the city of Ventura. Santa Barbara Channel, from near Montecito Peak, April 2002. ... Santa Barbara Channel, from near Montecito Peak, April 2002. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official language(s) English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... The eight Channel Islands of California, off the west coast of the United States. ... Stearns Wharf is the extension into the sea of State Street, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara is a city in California, United States. ... San Buenaventura (Ventura) is the county seat of Ventura County, California. ...


It trends east-west, is approximately 80 miles long and averages about thirty miles across, becoming narrowest at its easternmost extremity where Anacapa Island is less than twenty miles from the mainland. NASA satellite image of Anacapa Island Anacapa Island is a small volcanic island located about 14 miles (23 km) off the coast of Ventura, California, in Ventura County. ...


The Santa Barbara Channel is considered a scenic location, with the islands visible from the mainland on clear days. The view is partly marred by oil platforms anchored in the channel. An oil platform is a large structure used to house workers and machinery needed to drill and then produce oil and natural gas in the ocean. ...


Excursion boats cross the channel, taking visitors to watch whales and visit the islands. In the perpendicular (east-west) direction, huge cargo ships and tankers occupy a major shipping lane on their way to or from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Whales are the largest species of exclusively aquatic placental mammals, members of the order Cetacea, which also includes dolphins and porpoises. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... County Los Angeles County, California Area  - Total  - Water 170. ...


In 1969, the Santa Barbara Channel was the site of a major oil spill from high pressure oil leaking through faults and cracks leading from the drilling zone. Public outrage over the massive environmental damage inflicted by this spill was a major spur to the budding environmental movement. Some oil exploration and production activities continue in the area, in spite of vigorous opposition from local organizations, such as Santa Barbara-based Get Oil Out (GOO). 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Volunteers cleaning up the aftermath of the Prestige oil spill An oil spill is the leaking of oil (generally, petroleum) into the natural environment, usually the ocean. ... Environmental movement is a term often used for any social or political movement directed towards the preservation, restoration, or enhancement of the natural environment. ...


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Santa Barbara Channel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (299 words)
The Santa Barbara Channel is that part of the Pacific Ocean which separates the mainland of California from the northern Channel Islands.
It is generally south of the city of Santa Barbara, and west of the city of Ventura.
In 1969, the Santa Barbara Channel was the site of a major oil spill from high pressure oil leaking through faults and cracks leading from the drilling zone.
Santa Barbara: Weather and Much More From Answers.com (1436 words)
Santa Barbara is headquarters of the Los Padres National Forest in the Santa Ynez Mts., which rise behind the city.
Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, California, United States.
This stretch of coast along southern Santa Barbara County is often referred to as the "American Riviera" because of its Mediterranean climate.
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