The strait's bathymetry is varied, with the Laurentian Channel creating a deep trench through its centre, and comparatively shallow coastal waters closer to Newfoundland and Cape Breton Island. These bathymetric conditions have been known by mariners to cause rogue waves. The steep slope of the Laurentian Channel was the site of a disastrous submarine landslide at the southeastern end of the strait, triggered by the 1929 Grand Banks earthquake and leading to a tsunami that devastated communities along Newfoundland's south coast and parts of Cape Breton Island.
A strategically important waterway throughout Canadian and Newfoundland history, the strait is also an important international shipping route, being the primary waterway linking the Atlantic with inland ports on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.
The strait is crossed daily by the Marine Atlantic ferry service linking Channel-Port aux Basques, and North Sydney. Ferries have been operating across the strait since 1898 and a submarine telegraph cable was laid in 1856 as part of the transatlantic telegraph cable project.
On a very clear day, both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland can be seen from the middle of the strait.
Use of endoparasitic helminths as tags in delineating stocks of American plaice (Hippoglossoides plotessoides) from the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence and Cape Breton Shelf.
Apr 01, 2007; Abstract--Endoparasitic helminths were inventoried in 483 American plaice (Hippoglossoides platessoides) collected from the...
Seasonal-mean hydrography and circulation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and on the Eastern Scotian and Southern Newfoundland shelves
Jun 01, 1999; ABSTRACT The climatological seasonal-mean hydrography and circulation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and on the eastern Scotian and...