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Fjord
A long, narrow-sided inlet of the sea having a shallow entrance sill. Fjords are glacially over-deepened and may have a series of sills and basins, often having deep water at the head. They are commonly surrounded by high ground and in cross-section, have a deep 'U'-shape. (See Earll & Pagett, 1984 and Howson, Connor & Holt, 1994 for discussion and classification of types.)

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