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Belgian TV films Wild Atlantic Way
2014-07-28 07:00:00
Atlantic storms take toll on Irish seabird populations
2014-07-25 07:00:00
Oceans Vital in Sustaining Alien Life: Study
2014-07-24 17:50:15
Synchronization of North Atlantic, North Pacific preceded abrupt warming, end of ice age
2014-07-24 13:16:12
Synchronization of North Atlantic, North Pacific preceded abrupt warming, end of ice age
2014-07-24 13:16:12
Moody's Downgrades Atlantic City's Debt
2014-07-24 12:44:00
Some fish and seafood are sustainable, some devestate our oceans.
2014-07-24 04:00:05
Western Indian Ocean communities play vital role in conservation
2014-07-23 23:00:00
Synchronization of North Atlantic, North Pacific preceded abrupt warming, end of ice age
2014-07-23 23:00:00
Atlantic City Gets 'Junk' Downgrade from Moody's
2014-07-23 17:48:53
Report: Gulf and Atlantic Coasts Not Prepared for Sea-Level Rise
2014-07-23 16:50:07
Ocean Avenue South Signs First Tenants
2014-07-23 13:48:00
Hawaii's spectacular ocean waves in pictures
2014-07-23 13:08:48
Calcification in changing oceans
2014-07-23 10:42:02
Calcification in changing oceans
2014-07-23 10:42:02
Research charts ecological impact of microbial respiration in oxygen-starved ocean
2014-07-23 10:12:24
Research charts ecological impact of microbial respiration in oxygen-starved ocean
2014-07-23 10:12:24
BCE to privatize Atlantic Canada telecom affiliate Bell Aliant
2014-07-23 06:34:51
Long Beach captain sloshes through debris in ocean.
2014-07-23 04:00:05
Atlantic City's Casino Crisis: A Cautionary Tale
2014-07-23 03:45:39
StubHub ticked off by trans-Atlantic fraudsters says New York DA
2014-07-23 02:42:04
Calcification in changing oceans explored in special issue of The Biological Bulletin
2014-07-22 23:00:00
Research charts the ecological impact of microbial respiration in the oxygen-starved ocean
2014-07-22 23:00:00
Satellite shows Atlantic Tropical Depression degenerate
2014-07-22 23:00:00
Tropical Depression Moving Westward in Atlantic
2014-07-22 21:43:13
2 Suspects Wanted in Atlantic City Casino Heist
2014-07-22 15:45:21
Two suspects wanted in $180K Atlantic City casino heist
2014-07-22 13:13:00
New tropical depression forms in Atlantic
2014-07-21 17:33:28
Tropical Depression Forms in Central Atlantic
2014-07-21 15:42:54
5 Things Atlantic City Is Doing to Reverse Slide
2014-07-21 15:38:58
A History of Casino Revenue, Jobs in Atlantic City
2014-07-21 15:38:28
Pain of Atlantic City Casino Closings Far-Reaching
2014-07-21 15:31:48
UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life
2014-07-21 12:40:00
UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life
2014-07-21 12:40:00
MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets
2014-07-21 09:59:10

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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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