From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the settlement formerly known as Narrows, see Grand Rivers, Kentucky. For other uses, see The Narrows (disambiguation).

Narrows is a term for restricted land or water passages. Most commonly it refers to a strait, though it can also refer to a water gap.

A narrows may form where a stream passes through a tilted bed of hard rock lying between two softer beds: "[i]f the hard beds are vertical, so that their outcrop does not shift as erosion proceeds, a narrows is developed".[1] Like a dam, this "raises the water level for a short distance upriver".[2] A narrows is also typically a good location for trapping migrating fish.[3][4][5] Furthermore, a narrows is "an important topographical feature for wind mixing",[6] an effect where a wind chill may form ice while the surrounding temperature remains above freezing.


  1. ^ Heinrich Ries and Thomas L. Watson, Engineering Geology (1915), p. 278.
  2. ^ Richard T. T. Forman, Urban Ecology: Science of Cities (2014), p. 195.
  3. ^ Roy L. Carlson, Luke Dalla Bona, Early Human Occupation in British Columbia (2011), p. 65.
  4. ^ Frank Tough, As Their Natural Resources Fail: Native Peoples and the Economic History of Northern Manitoba, 1870-1930 (2011), p. 156.
  5. ^ Matthew Stein, When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance (2008), p. 158
  6. ^ Howard J. Freeland, David M. Farmer, Colin D. Levings, Fjord Oceanography (1980), p. 216.

See also[edit]