The below paragraph is from a website I came across recently. Could anyone explain to me what the author means by "occurred in the sound' in the below paragraph?

Because the birds apparently died of starvation, logic follows that the birds were unable to find appropriate food. For these birds, that would be ocean herring and other fish whose populations are known to be in decline. It’s worth noting that herring numbers in particular have been low since the 1983 Exxon Valdez oil spill, which occurred in the sound.

  • As Ricky's answer correctly stated, the sound is Prince William Sound. I would have expected "sound" to be capitalized in this context.
    – ab2
    Jan 29, 2016 at 1:43
  • You are right. It is the name of a place. a noun. I have pasted the exact para from the original article inhabitat.com/… . The author should've used a capital 'S' for 'sound'.
    – Sivani
    Feb 1, 2016 at 1:31

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In geography, a sound is a large sea or ocean inlet larger than a bay, deeper than a bight, and wider than a fjord. - wikipedia

The Exxon Valdez oil spill took place in the Prince William Sound.

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  • You might have posted a prior draft - I tidied it up a little for you. Feel free to roll back.
    – Lawrence
    Jan 22, 2016 at 10:23

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