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U.S. to focus on climate change, oceans as new chair of Arctic Council.
2015-04-25 04:00:05
Three British men jailed for trying to smuggle 200m of Cocaine across Atlantic
2015-04-24 20:56:11
US Arctic Council Agenda to Focus on Ocean Security, Climate Change - Kerry
2015-04-24 16:39:00
Oceans' economic value plunging - report
2015-04-23 19:20:02
Oceans worth $24 tn, but sea change needed to save them says WWF
2015-04-23 06:20:22
Oceans are world's seventh largest economy worth $24 trillion, says WWF report.
2015-04-23 04:00:05
Total Value Of Earth's Ocean Is $24 Trillion, But It's Falling Fast: WWF
2015-04-23 01:23:13
Divers at HMS Erebus fight ocean currents to journey back in time
2015-04-22 20:40:31
Man catches drone from falling into ocean in incredible video
2015-04-22 17:53:54
Oceans are world's seventh largest economy worth $24tn, says WWF report
2015-04-22 17:08:32
Ocean output rivals big nations' GDP, but resources eroding
2015-04-22 17:05:28
Girlfriend watches as Ontario man is swept into Atlantic at Peggy's Cove
2015-04-22 15:18:00
Indian Ocean island is home to Sentinelese community who kill outsiders
2015-04-22 12:06:50
US Senators Introduce Legislation to Block Atlantic Offshore Drilling
2015-04-22 11:43:00
Those blobs in the ocean mystify scientists
2015-04-22 09:20:37
Fukushima Radioactive Water Spills into Ocean After Outage Hits Pumps
2015-04-21 20:56:00
Rare sea creature likely reclaimed by ocean
2015-04-20 20:21:22
Passengers rescued from car stranded in ocean
2015-04-20 08:11:31
This Year, Earth Day Is All About the Oceans
2015-04-20 08:01:27
Ocean currents impact methane consumption
2015-04-19 23:00:00
See China's secret ocean airbase
2015-04-19 17:29:55
Medistar Enters Mid-Atlantic with $62M Acquisition
2015-04-19 15:40:00
BP spill a warning against Atlantic drilling.
2015-04-19 04:00:05
18th century replica of French frigate prepares for Atlantic crossing
2015-04-18 15:06:00
WWII Aircraft Carrier Is Found On Ocean Floor Near San Francisco
2015-04-18 11:43:01
See China's secret ocean airbase
2015-04-18 08:33:29
VIDEO: Replica French warship to sail Atlantic
2015-04-18 06:46:32
Passengers rescued from car stranded in ocean
2015-04-18 03:57:09
Tons of WWII silver recovered from ocean floor
2015-04-17 20:33:15
Atomic blast guinea pig seen on ocean floor
2015-04-17 14:03:43
Atomic blast guinea pig on ocean floor
2015-04-17 13:15:35
See aircraft carrier on ocean floor
2015-04-17 13:14:01
Repeated marine predator evolution tracks changes in ancient and Anthropocene oceans
2015-04-16 13:55:47
Repeated marine predator evolution tracks changes in ancient and Anthropocene oceans
2015-04-16 13:55:47
Deasy: Extend the Wild Atlantic Way to Waterford
2015-04-16 07:00:00

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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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