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Is the Gulf of Mexico a Bay?
Geography of the Gulf of Mexico It is a part of the Atlantic Ocean and is bounded by Mexico to the southwest, Cuba to the southeast, and the Gulf Coast of the United States on the north, which includes the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas (map).
What is the difference between a bay and an inlet?
The difference between the two is a bay has an opening and closing, whereas a sound is a series of inlets. A bay is defined as being "a broad inlet of the sea where the land curves inward."
Why is it called a gulf?
A gulf is a large inlet from the ocean into the landmass, typically with a narrower opening than a bay; though this is not observable in all geographic areas so named. The term gulf was traditionally used for large, highly indented, navigable bodies of salt water which are enclosed by the coastline.