of the Largest Gulfs in the World
Gulfs are geographical features in which a portion of a sea or ocean is partly enclosed by land. They are created by movement in the Earth’s crust, which forms an opening that is later filled in by nearby bodies of water. Gulfs are often linked to an ocean by a strait, although occasionally they have wide openings that make them appear almost the same as the bodies of water that border them. By definition, gulfs are similar to bays, but there are some nuances between the two — in general, gulfs are larger (though that’s not always the case).
Around the world, you’ll find gulfs of varying sizes, shapes, and depths. Many serve as important trading routes and tourism centers. Curious which gulfs rank above the rest? Here are five major gulfs you should know about.