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A strait between two land masses

A strait is a narrow channel of water.

It usually means a channel of water that is between two land masses. It may also mean a narrow channel of water which is navigable, in a body of water which is otherwise unpassable.

The terms strait, channel, passage, sound and firth can be synonymous, but each is sometimes used with a slight difference of meaning.

Many straits are economically important. Straits may lie on important shipping routes, and wars have been fought for control of these straits. Many artificial channels, called canals, have been constructed to connect two bodies of water over land.

Although rivers and canals often form a bridge between two large lakes or a lake and a sea, they are not usually referred to as straits. Straits are typically much larger, wider structures that do not have water running in a single direction, and normally connect two seas.

Well-known straits[change | change source]

Well-known straits in the world are:

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