I bought my daughter a big map of USA last week.
And a couple of day later she asked me “What is Gulf of Mexico ?”.
I said “it is just like SF Bay, a lot water surrounded by land.”
She asked again, “ why it is called Gulf (and not bay) ?”
I had no idea. So I promised her that I will read.
So I investigated it today. I learned that my answer was partially true. Surrounded by land is true , but there are some significant differences.
- Mouth of bay is bigger in comparison to mouth of gulf .
- Bays are “usually” small, while gulfs are big. but there are exceptions to this rule (i find bay of bengal is big)