Somes Sound, Mount Desert

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Somes Sound is a fjard, a body of water running deep into Mount Desert Island, the main site of Acadia National Park in Maine, United States. Its deepest point is approximately 175ft, and it is over deep in several places. The sound almost splits the island in two. While often described as the "only fjord on the East Coast", it lacks the extreme vertical relief and anoxic sediments associated with Norwegian fjords, and is now called a fjard by officials — a smaller drowned glacial embayment.Somes Sound was named for Abraham Somes, who was one of the first settlers on the island and had a home at the end of the sound in Somesville, the first village on the island.
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  • We always take the short ride along the sound, whenever we visit Acadia National Park. The road needs repair, but it gives a sense of isolation that enhances our appreciation of the special place that...  more »
  • We took kayaks out on the Sound after the morning mist cleared. The fjord has the views and the calm waters you'd expect from one of the island's lakes, but with the ocean's wildlife, like sea stars a...  more »
  • the sea princess has inexpensive tickets to explore the sound by boat. see lots of wildlife & mansions. narrator very knowledgable.  more »

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