Prince William Sound is a sound of the Gulf of Alaska on the south coast of the U.S. state of Alaska. In Geography a sound or seaway is a large sea or ocean Inlet larger than a bay, deeper than a bight, wider than a Fjord The Gulf of Alaska is an arm of the Pacific Ocean defined by the curve of the southern coast of Alaska, stretching from the Alaska Peninsula and A US state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the United States of America that share Sovereignty with the federal government Alaska ( Аляска Alyaska) is a state in the United States of America, in the northwest of the North American continent It is located on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula. Kenai1jpg|thumb|Kenai Peninsula Outer Coast]]The Kenai Peninsula is a large Peninsula jutting from the southern coast of Alaska in the United States. Its largest port is Valdez, at the southern terminus of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. Valdez ( is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the US state of Alaska. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System ( TAPS) usually called the Alyeska Pipeline in Alaska or the Alaska Pipeline elsewhere is a major U Other settlements on the sound, which contains numerous small islands, include Cordova and Whittier. Cordova is a small city located near the mouth of the Copper River in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska, United States, at the head of Whittier is a city in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U
Most of the land surrounding Prince William Sound is part of the Chugach National Forest, the second largest national forest in the U. The Chugach National Forest is a 54 million acre (23000 km² United States National Forest in south central Alaska. S. Prince William Sound is ringed by the steep and glaciated Chugach Mountains. The Chugach Mountains of southern Alaska are the northernmost of the several Mountain ranges that make up the Pacific Coast Ranges of the western edge The coastline is convoluted, with many islands and fjords, several of which contain tidewater glaciers. "Glacial" and "Glaciation" redirect here For the geological periods see Glacial period.
James Cook entered Prince William Sound in 1778 and named it Sandwich Sound, after his patron the Earl of Sandwich. Captain James Cook FRS RN ( – 14 February 1779) was an English Explorer, Navigator and John Montagu 4th Earl of Sandwich, PC, FRS ( 3 November 1718 &ndash 30 April 1792) succeeded his grandfather The editors of Cook's maps changed the name to Prince William Sound, in honor of Prince William, who would later become King William IV. William IV (William Henry 21 August 1765 &ndash 20 June 1837 was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until 
A 1964 tsunami, a result of the Good Friday Earthquake, killed a number of Chugach villagers in the coastal village of Chenega, as well as destroying the town of Valdez. Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. A tsunami ((tsuːˈnɑːmi is a series of waves created when Chugach (ˈtʃuːgætʃ is the name of an Alaska Native culture and group of people in the region of the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound. Chenega is a Census-designated place (CDP on Evans Island in the Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the U Valdez ( is a city in Valdez-Cordova Census Area in the US state of Alaska.
In 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef after leaving Valdez, resulting in the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar) History The technology of oil transportation has evolved alongside the oil industry Bligh Reef, sometimes known as Bligh Island Reef, is a Reef off the coast of Bligh Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24 1989 The spill resulted in massive damage to the environment, including killing around 250,000 seabirds, nearly 3,000 sea otters, 300 harbour seals, 250 bald eagles and up to 22 killer whales. See also Nature The natural environment, commonly referred to simply as the environment, is a terminology that is comprised of all living and 
Cove in southwestern Prince William Sound
Overlooking Prince William Sound
Alpine trees on Prince William Sound
Prince William Sound, looking toward Shoup Glacier