What Are Fjords?

Satellite photo of Norway's coast clearly showing fjords. Photo credit: NASA

A fjord (also spelled fjiord) is one type of sea inlet. Fjords are like long and narrow fingers of seawater that poke into coastlines. They have high, steep sides. Fjords (say: fyohrds) were carved out by glaciers. As glaciers slipped and slid toward the sea, they sliced deep valleys into the surface of the land. The glaciers melted. Sea levels rose. The valleys filled with seawater. Some of Norway's fjords reach far inland. Ships can .....

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