Name / Description

English Channel

Type

Straits and Channels

Discoverer

0

Length (miles)

350

Part of / Flows into

Atlantic Ocean/North Sea

Sovereignty

England on west; France Belgium and Holland to east

Additional Notes

arm of the Atlantic Ocean, c.350 miles long, bet. France and Great Britain. It is 112 miles wide at its W entrance, bet. Land�s End, England, and Ushant, France. Its greatest width, c.150 miles is bet. Lyme Bay and the Gulf of St.-Malo; bet. Dover and Cape Gris-Nez it is 21 miles wide. At the E end, the Strait of Dover connects the Channel with the North Sea. Principal islands are the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands . Westerly winds prevail and the tides are semidiurnal, with tricky intervals that sometimes produce double tides. Tidal currents are similarly pronounced and irregular.

Related Images

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Western approach to English Channel

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Located in western part of English Channel, off coast of Southern England