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Fjord

A fjord (pronounced FEE-ord or fyord, SAMPA: ['fi:3:d] or ['faI3:d]) is a glacially overdeepened valley, usually narrow and steep-sided, extending below sea level and occupied by salt water. Typical fjords are found in Alaska and Norway; their depths, sometimes as much as 1300m, indicate that they are glaciated valleys which have been invaded by the sea after the disappearance of the glaciers. The word fjord comes from the Norwegian, meaning "narrow steep-sided valley extending below sea level and occupied by salt water." The long fjord-like bays of the New England coast are sometimes referred to as fiards.

The largest fjord in the world is Sognefjorden.



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