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Are fjords and cliffs the same thing?

Are fjords and cliffs the same thing?

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j. Goodman

j. Goodman

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J. Goodman, Web Content Writer, San Antonio

Answered Dec 03, 2018

No. A fjord and a cliff are not the same thing. A cliff is defined by Google’s define function as “a steep rock face, especially at the edge of the sea.” A fjord, on the other hand, is defined as “a long, narrow, deep inlet of the sea between high cliffs... typically formed by submergence of a glaciated valley.”

For a good example of this, think of the kingdom of Arendelle from Frozen. When Elsa freezes the body of water to go to the mountains, one of the comments Anna makes is “the fjord…”. She froze the fjord and climbed the cliffs to make her ice palace.

Disney example aside, the Cliffs of Dover are famous in England. Norway is famous for its many fjords.

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Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley
Todd Gurley

Answered Jun 19, 2018

No Fjords are different from cliffs. Cliffs rise up above the sea, often with a perpendicular face. In the UK the white cliffs of Dover are famous. They are what soldiers searched desperately to see when returning from the horrors of WWI and WWII.

A fjord is a narrow inlet sided by cliff faces, perhaps with waterfalls, as in Norway. Fjords are found in British Columbia, Alaska as well as Scandinavia.

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