Strait of Dover

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Dover, Strait of,

separating Great Britain from France and connecting the English Channel with the North Sea. It is 21 mi (34 km) wide between Dover and Cape Gris-Nez, near CalaisCalais
, city (1990 pop. 78,836), Pas-de-Calais dept., N France, in Picardy, on the Straits of Dover. An industrial center with a great variety of manufactures, it has been a major commercial seaport and a communications center with England since the Middle Ages.
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, and is called Pas-de-Calais by the French. It is traversed regularly by ferry, hovercraft, and, with the completion of the Channel TunnelChannel Tunnel,
popularly called the "Chunnel," a three-tunnel railroad connection running under the English Channel, connecting Folkestone, England, and Calais, France. The tunnels are 31 mi (50 km) long. There are two rail tunnels, each 25 ft (7.
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, by rail. The Romans called it Fretum Gallicum. The Strait of Dover has been the scene of naval battles: in the 13th cent. Hubert de Burgh defeated the invading French, and in 1588 the Spanish Armada was checked there by the English.

Dover, Strait of


(in French Pas de Calais), a strait separating continental Europe (France) and Great Britain. The strait was formed in the Anthropogenic period by the settling and submergence of the land between the European mainland and the British Isles. It is 29 km wide at its narrowest point and has depths to 64 m. The Strait of Dover is the entrance to the English Channel from the North Sea. Its chief British port is Dover; the chief French ports are Calais, Boulogne-sur-Mer, and Dunkerque.

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But the Arctic Sea had already completed its voyage through the Strait of Dover.
Queen's Plate winner Strait Of Dover misses the race with a leg injury but runner-up Irish Mission, who also won the Woodbine Oaks, represents the Classic form alongside likely favourite Dixie Strike.
The prehistoric river flowed through the Strait of Dover with such erosive force that it churned out a channel deep enough to have kept Britain geographically isolated from the rest of mainland Europe since the end of the last ice age about 9,000 years ago.
The 3,988 tonne vessel, carrying about pounds 1 million-worth of sawn timber from Finland to Algeria, made radio contact with Dover Coastguard as it was about to enter the Strait of Dover on July 28.
The ship's disappearance sparked international search efforts after its crew contacted coastguards at Dover as it was about to enter the Strait of Dover from the North Sea.
The ship's last known radio contact was with British coastguards when it made contact with Dover Coastguard as it was about to enter the Strait of Dover from the North Sea at 1.
The Maltese-registered Arctic Sea and its 15-strong Russian crew have not been heard from since communicating with British Coastguards as it prepared to enter the Strait of Dover from the North Sea at 1.
As well as their current duties, staff at Holyhead are now being called on to deal with emergencies between Stornoway to the Strait of Dover.
The narrowest part of the English Channel is the 33-kilometer-wide Strait of Dover.