What's the difference between a Sound and a Bay?

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by Jeff Renner

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Posted on June 19, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 14 at 9:20 AM

What's the difference between a Sound and a Bay?

A Sound is a large inland waterway, often forming a channel between two bodies of land. It's often the result of glacial action or the flooding of a river valley by rising sea levels. A bay is an indentation of a shoreline, with the water bordered by land on three sides. It's usually carved by water eroding softer shoreline material, such as clay.

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