Irbe Strait


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Irbe Strait

 

a strait linking the Gulf of Riga with the Baltic Sea; situated between the mainland and the southern extremity of the island of Saaremaa. Length, 65 km; width, 33 km at its narrowest point (the western entrance); prevailing depths, 10–20 m, exceeding 20 m in the northern part. The strait freezes over in a cold winter.

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Both the Gulf of Riga and the Irbe Strait, which forms the main exit out of the gulf to the Baltic Sea, are used as bird stop-over and feeding sites during spring and autumn migration; and as wintering areas for significant numbers of European migratory birds i.
The 30,000-ton cruise ship ran aground early on Sunday about 10 miles off Latvia's coast as it passed through the Irbe Strait on its way from Kiel, Germany, to Riga.
We have made current measurements at two stations in the Irbe Strait in 1994 and 1995 [11,12].
The region, generating coastal-trapped waves, which propagate northward to the Irbe Strait, is shown in Fig.
Also the dispersion relation of the coastal-trapped waves supports our hypothesis that these rather strong current oscillations, observed in June 1995 in the Irbe Strait, are coastal-trapped waves propagating northwards along the eastern coast of the Baltic Proper.