Friday, November 13, 2009

New Sea in Washington State

The Salish Sea includes Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Georgia Strait and the connected waters. That area often is referred to as Puget Sound, but technically that name only refers to the waters south of Whidbey Island.
Reported in OregonLive. I find this logical, but still a little surprising. The purpose of naming things is to distinguish one entity ("Lockwood") or very similar entities ("quartz") from other, different entities. When we name something that has not been named before, we are, in a very real sense, creating a new entity.

Even if it has existed all along.

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