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Record high ocean temperatures put B.C. marine species at risk
2014-11-21 23:11:32
Japanese company planning human colony deep in the ocean
2014-11-21 18:32:58
Wish Come True: 100-Year-Old Sees Ocean for First Time
2014-11-21 12:27:16
Woman, 100, makes first visit to ocean
2014-11-21 11:06:00
VIDEO: 100-year-old sees ocean for first time
2014-11-21 07:55:14
Heartwarming: 100-year-old woman sees ocean for first time
2014-11-20 20:06:23
2014-11-20 18:42:48
U.S. Navy supply ships collide in Indian Ocean, minor damage
2014-11-20 08:24:58 | Watch this incredible footage of Volvo Ocean Race leaving Cape Town
2014-11-20 04:04:50
World Parks Congress aims to protect a third of oceans in marine parks.
2014-11-20 03:00:05
[news] Ocean acidification does not impact shell growth and repair in the Antarctic brachiopod Liothyrella uva (Broderip, 1833)
2014-11-19 18:00:00
Surf queen: The ocean is my office
2014-11-19 13:17:37
Volvo Ocean Race: stage one – in pictures
2014-11-19 09:41:01
As CO2 acidifies oceans, scientists develop a way to measure effect on marine ecosystems
2014-11-18 23:00:00
As CO2 acidifies oceans, scientists develop a way to measure effect on marine ecosystems
2014-11-18 23:00:00
Lighthouses to blaze a new trail along Wild Atlantic Way
2014-11-18 06:00:00
Massive starfish die-off in Pacific Ocean linked to mystery virus.
2014-11-18 03:00:05
Australia weather bureau says tropical Pacific Ocean moves closer to El Nino conditions
2014-11-17 23:42:27
Norovirus-stricken ocean liner back at sea
2014-11-17 09:09:45
NASA sees the Southern Indian Ocean cyclone season awaken
2014-11-16 23:00:00
Norwegian fishermen capture the moment a pod of humpback whales emerge from the ocean... just metres from their boat
2014-11-16 04:08:52
Atlantic City Taj Mahal casino set to close within 4 weeks
2014-11-14 20:59:20
First snow: Atlantic Canadians share winter tips with new immigrants
2014-11-14 18:40:24
Workers Say Employers In Ailing Atlantic City Hold All The Cards
2014-11-14 17:32:00
Warmest oceans ever recorded
2014-11-14 08:00:09
Warmest oceans ever recorded
2014-11-14 08:00:09
Warmest oceans ever recorded
2014-11-13 23:00:00
Russia increases air patrols over Atlantic
2014-11-13 18:24:10
As Casinos Fold, Stakes Are High For Atlantic City Transformation
2014-11-13 16:43:19
Ocean primed for more El Niño, experts say
2014-11-13 11:31:59
Ocean primed for more El Niño, experts say
2014-11-13 11:31:59
Keeping Mates Close and Competition Out in an Ocean Sponge
2014-11-12 23:00:00
Ocean carbon uptake more variable than thought
2014-11-12 23:00:00
The oceans' sensitive skin: Ocean acidification affects climate-relevant functions at the sea-surface microlayer
2014-11-11 09:52:04
The oceans' sensitive skin: Ocean acidification affects climate-relevant functions at the sea-surface microlayer
2014-11-11 09:52:04

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Interesting Worldwide Facts and Information about the Atlantic Ocean


Total area: 76.762 million sq km
note: includes Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Caribbean Sea, Davis Strait, Denmark Strait, part of the Drake Passage,
Gulf of Mexico, Labrador Sea, Mediterranean Sea, North Sea, Norwegian Sea, almost all of the Scotia Sea,
and other tributary water bodies.
Lowest depth: Milwaukee Deep in the Puerto Rico Trench -8,605 m
Highest point: sea level 0 m
Average Depth: 12,881Ft
Total Coastline: 111,866 km
 Fraction of world ocean: 28%
Natural hazards:
-Icebergs common in Davis Strait, Denmark Strait, and the northwestern Atlantic Ocean from February to August and have been spotted as far south as Bermuda and the Madeira Islands.
-Ships subject to superstructure icing in extreme northern Atlantic from October to May.
-Persistent fog can be a maritime hazard from May to September; hurricanes (May to December)
Climate: tropical cyclones (hurricanes) develop off the coast of Africa near Cape Verde and move westward into the Caribbean Sea; hurricanes can occur from May to December, but are most frequent from August to November.
Ports and harbors: Alexandria (Egypt), Algiers (Algeria), Antwerpen (Belgium), Barcelona (Spain), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Casablanca (Morocco), Colon (Panama), Copenhagen (Denmark), Dakar (Senegal), Gdansk (Poland), Hamburg (Germany), Helsinki (Finland), Las Palmas (Canary Islands, Spain), Le Havre (France), Lisbon (Portugal), London (UK), Marseille (France), Montevideo (Uruguay), Montreal (Canada), Naples (Italy), New Orleans (US),
New York (US), Oran (Algeria), Oslo (Norway), Peiraiefs or Piraeus (Greece), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil),
Rotterdam (Netherlands), Saint Petersburg (Russia), Stockholm (Sweden)
The Atlantic was the first ocean to be crossed by ship and the first ocean to be crossed by aeroplane.
Greenland is the Atlantic's largest island.
Iceland, a major Atlantic island, is the result of volcanic action and has a number of active volcanoes.
Diamonds are scooped from the sea bed off the coast of Namibia in southern Africa.
The Cancun reef, off the coast of Yucatan (Mexico) is the world's second largest barrier reef, after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
Tides: The highest tides on Earth are found in the Bay of Fundy east of New Brunswick, Canada. The channeling effect of the bay is responsible for the amazing difference between high tide and low tide, which, during spring tides, can reach 53.5 feet. This is almost as tall as a four-story building. Fishermen in Alma, New Brunswick have to adjust to the frequent changes.

Physical Geography
The Atlantic Ocean extends in an S shape from the arctic to the antarctic regions between North and South America on the west and Europe and Africa on the east. It is connected with the Arctic Ocean by the Greenland Sea and Smith Sound; with the Pacific Ocean by Drake Passage, the Straits of Magellan, and the Panama Canal; and with the Indian Ocean by the Suez Canal and the expanse between Africa and Antarctica. The shortest distance across the Atlantic Ocean (c.1,600 mi/2,575 km) is between SW Senegal, W Africa, and NE Brazil, E South America. The principal arms of the Atlantic Ocean are Hudson and Baffin bays, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea in the west; the Baltic, North, Mediterranean, and Black seas in the east; and the Weddell Sea in the south. More large rivers, including the Mississippi, the Congo, and the Amazon, drain into the Atlantic than into any other ocean.

The Atlantic has relatively few islands, with the greatest concentration found in the Caribbean region. Most of the islands are structurally part of the continents, such as the British Isles, Falkland Islands, Canary Islands,
and Newfoundland. Iceland, the Azores, the islands of Cape Verde, Ascension, the South Sandwich Islands,
the West Indies, and Bermuda are exposed tops of submarine ridges. The Bahamas are low coral islands that
sit on the Blake Plateau, while the Madeiras are high volcanic islands.

Ocean Floor
The Atlantic Ocean is separated from that of the Arctic Ocean by a submarine ridge extending from SE Greenland to N Scotland; part of the floor (c.3,000 ft/910 m deep) is known as “telegraph plateau” because of the network of cables laid there. A shallow submarine ridge across the Strait of Gibraltar separates the Mediterranean basin from the Atlantic and limits the exchange of water between the two bodies. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge (c.300–600 mi/480–970 km wide), a submarine mountain range extending c.10,000 mi (16,100 km) from Iceland to near the Antarctic Circle, generally follows the trend of the coastlines of the continents. It rises to an average height of c.10,000 ft (3,050 m), and a few peaks emerge as islands. The ridge, which is the center of volcanic activity and earthquakes, has a great rift that is constantly widening (see seafloor spreading) and filling with molten rock from the earth's interior. As a result the Western Hemisphere and Europe and Africa are moving away from each other. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge divides the floor of the Atlantic Ocean into eastern and western sections that are composed of a series of deep-sea basins (abyssal plains). The greatest depth (c.28,000 ft/8,530 m) is the Milwaukee Deep, in the Puerto Rico Trench, N of Puerto Rico.

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