The Salish Sea

A Seattle Times column on how national boundaries obscure reality — i.e., how Puget Sound and the Straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca are a single body of water: “Go to any store and look for a map depicting the sprawling inland sea stretching from Olympia to Campbell River, B.C. Unless you look in the marine-chart section, you won’t see it. Maps end at the international border at the north tip of Washington. Others pick up in the same spot and go north. So do those in our minds.”