Straits and canals of the world
Here is a list of the most famous and impressive straits and canals (natural and artificial) in the world.
Strait of Malacca
Narrow length that separates Malaysia from Indonesia. Very close to Singapore
These 20 km of sea separate the two main islands of Japan: Hokkaido and Honsu.
Also called Formosa Strait separates mainland China from the island of Taiwan.
In the picture, the Ukrainian coast. In front, the Russian coast. This strait between 4.5 and 15 km wide connects the Black Sea of the Azov Sea. Kerch is the most important city.
Strait of La Pérouse
The northernmost point of Japan is occupied by the monument in the photo, in the Strait of La Perouse that separates the Russian island of Sakhalin from the Japanese Hokkaido.
This European channel about 72 km wide connects the Adriatic and Ionian seas and separates the Albanian and Italian coasts. It takes the name of the Italian city of Otranto (in the picture).
These approximately 30 kilometers of sea separate Djibouti in the continental Africa of Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula, thus being the door and the point of separation of the Red Sea from the Indian Ocean. It is important because the Red Sea is the continuation of the Suez Canal and its oil wealth. It is one of the busiest sea routes today.
San Jorge Channel
Very close to the North Channel, this channel is the other entrance to the Irish Sea. Separate the coasts of Wales and Ireland.
The second entrance of the North Sea to the Baltic Sea, after Skagerrak, separates the Danish peninsula from Jutland from the Swedish coast. Göteburg is the main city of this European strait.
In the middle of the Java Sea it separates the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo.
This strait with Spanish name is one of the most important in Oceania since its 150 km separates Cape York in Australia from Papua New Guinea.
Strait of Oresund
This strait separates Zealand from Skåne, or rather, Denmark from Sweden. Along the strait there are such important cities as Helsingor (Danish) and Helsingborg (Swedish) in the north and Malmö and Copenhagen in the south. A large bridge and tunnel connects these last two cities. Suppose, along with Skagerrak and Kattegat, the passage from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea.
These 240 km of sea separate the coasts of mainland Australia from its largest island, Tasmania. It is located in front of the city of Melbourne.
The Drake Pass is made up of the most stormy waters in the world. Separate South America from Antarctica.
The image shows the Scottish coast that stretches off the coast of Northern Ireland, the two shores that enclose this narrowness of the Irish Sea.
Strait of the Probe
Java and Sumatra are separated by this Indonesian strait.
This Canadian arm of the sea separates the Labrador Peninsula from Baffin Island and connects Hudson Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Fukuoka (pictured) in Japan and Busan in South Korea are the main cities where they crowd on the banks of this strait that separates the Japanese island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula.
Marine strait between 338 and 664 km that separates Greenland from Baffin Island, north of Canada. It connects Buffin Bay with the Labrador Sea.
Strait of Hormuz
The Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean find their point of union in this strait that separates the coasts of Iran from those of the United Arab Emirates. That is why it gives way to the ostentatious and luxurious life of the great emirs and the pure Persian oil industry.
The first entrance of the North Sea to the Baltic Sea separates the Danish coasts from the Norwegian ones. The Norwegian Kristiansand is the main city.
Turkish Strait that separates Asia from Europe, which extends along about 71 km in length and whose width ranges from 1600 m to 6500 m. It is the connection of the Marmara Sea and the Aegean, subdivision of the Mediterranean. It is located very close to Istanbul and the Bosphorus.
Strait Juan de Fuca
The separation between the United States and Canada on the west coast, that is, between the northern coasts of the state of Washington and Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, is of impressive landscape wealth.
The narrowest part of the English Channel faces the cities of Calais (in France) and Dover (in England and in the picture). It is one of the best known sea passages because below its waters passes the Eurotunel that approaches Paris and London.
Scenario of numerous migrations and fateful struggles for a new life, this strait separates the coast of Florida in the United States from the coast of Cuba. It has a minimum width of 160 km.
Strait of Tiran
This strait separates the southern Sinai peninsula from the shores of Saudi Arabia, connecting the Gulf of Aqaba with the Red Sea.
On one side, the city of Wellington. To the other, the largest island in New Zealand. And it is that this strait is the separation of the two main islands of the country and the connection of the Tasman Sea with the Pacific Ocean.
Strait of Denmark
Despite its name, this strait is not located in Denmark, at least in European Denmark. It is the separation between Greenland and Iceland (image).
Istanbul sits on both sides of this famous strait (30 km long and a swing in width from 750 to 3700 meters) that separates Europe from Asia in Turkish territory, connecting the Marmara Sea with the Black Sea.
Although with this name we know one of the most famous bridges in the world, in reality it is also called the strait on which it was built. Golden Gate separates San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean.
The more than 460 km wide of this channel separates the coasts of Mozambique from those of Madagascar.
Strait of Bonifacio
The separation of two countries by sea, from two Mediterranean islands, from Corsica and Sardinia (in the picture), from France and Italy.
On the banks of the impressive city of Singapore this sea arm that separates this small country from the island of Batam in Indonesia makes its way.
This width of more than 200 km separates the coasts of Mexico from those of Cuba. One of the most tourist cities in the entire Caribbean Sea sits in the Mexican part of the canal: Cancun, in the Yucatan Peninsula, where the name of the canal comes from.
163 kilometers in length is another of the great maritime works of humanity that crosses Egypt and connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.
This artificial waterway of more than 6 km in length separates the Peloponnese from the rest of Greece, connecting the homonymous gulf with the Aegean Sea. It was opened in 1893 and is a useful method for small boats that can pass between its 21 meters wide.
64 to 84 km wide separates Asia from America, the Russian coasts from those of Alaska. A strait that freezes in winter and on which weighs a very complicated project study of a bridge that joins both continents and that was, according to many hypotheses, gateway of Asians to American lands several centuries ago.
Strait of Magellan
The passage of South America, along Argentine and Chilean territory, connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through Tierra del Fuego.
Strait of Gibraltar
Less than 15 km separate the Oliveros and Cires points, which corresponds to the most famous strait in the world, which separates Europe from Africa, which separates Spain from Morocco. It implies the convergence of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. To the north, the Spanish province of Cádiz: the bay of Algeciras with one of the most important ports in Europe and the Mediterranean; Tarifa, paradise for sea athletes; the Natural Park of the Strait; the English enclave of Gibraltar ... To the south, the Moroccan coast and the Spanish city of Ceuta. Wind, water, envious landscapes, passing ships, a link between cultures, living history, the scene of constant migrations ... Does it seem easy to build a bridge? Although it is the great ambition of engineering and there are ideas, no, it is not.
One of the great engineering works of all time allowed to join the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, covering 80 km in length. Currently the channel is in the expansion phase.