natural harbor


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natural harbor

[′nach·rəl ′här·bər]
(geography)
A harbor where the configuration of the coast provides the necessary protection.
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Because of its prime location on the coast of the Arabian Sea and its natural harbor, Mumbai originally focused on its port and shipping industry, but now its economy has diversified to include engineering, diamond-polishing, health care, and information technology.
Researchers have launched for the first time, an in-depth study into the site's promontory, the piece of land protruding into the sea, which made the site a natural harbor.
Arul visited Trincomalee, a city on the east coast with a natural harbor.
In light of the Gold Rush of 1849, the federal government felt that the San Francisco Bay area, the largest natural harbor of the West, would be a target for foreign invaders.
Later, it became a commercial center for merchants capitalizing on its fine natural harbor.
When Robert Falcon Scott made his first trip to the frozen south in 1902, this natural harbor provided a safe anchorage for his ship Discovery during the expedition's two-year-long stay on the ice.
San Diego is distinctive in that its downtown region spills right down to the edge of its superb natural harbor - which, after explorer Juan Cabrillo spied it 460 years ago, served as the impetus for the founding of the settlement.