(Détroit de Davis); lies between mid-western Greenland
and Baffin Island
in the Canadian
territory of Nunavut
With a water depth of one to two km the strait is substantially shallower than the Labrador Sea to the south or Baffin Bay to the north. It is underlain by complex geological features of buried Grabens (basins) and ridges, probably formed by strike-slip faulting during Paleogene times about 45 million to 62 million years ago. The strike-slip faulting transferred plate-tectonic motions in the Labrador Sea to Baffin Bay.
The strait was named for the English explorer John Davis (1550–1605), who explored the area while seeking a Northwest Passage.
The strait is famous for its fierce tides, which can range from 30 to 60 feet, and discouraged many earlier explorers.
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