Word of the Week: Bight

Today’s word is:

bight

Pronounced: bite

Sciency Definition: A bend or curve in a shoreline, [or in a rope, as opposed to the ends of the rope]; also, a wide bay-type formation created by such a curve.

What’s it do?  A bights is shallower than a sound  and wider than a bay. Depending on location and local ecology, bights can be hotspots for upwellings of nutrient-rich waters. In these areas, food chains flourish. The Robson Bight of British Columbia is visited annually by orcas, and the marine mammals seem to rest and play more in the bight than when visiting other areas of the BC coast.

Example sentence: The Great Australian Bight is an example of a bight that does not harbor abundantly fertile waters due in part to a lack of runoff from the edge of the continent. Southern Right Whales and sharks are frequent visitors.

Southern California Bight.

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Posted on April 22, 2012, in Word of the Week and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Word of the Week: Bight.

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