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Remembering the Indian Ocean tsunami, a decade later
2014-12-27 00:01:27
10 Years Later: Remembering the Indian Ocean Tsunami
2014-12-26 18:19:50
Mussel Populations Being Wiped Out by 'Acidic' Oceans
2014-12-26 13:00:11
10th anniversary of Indian Ocean tsunami marked by survivors, victims, diplomats
2014-12-26 05:59:04
'City had been wiped out:' Memories of covering the Indian Ocean tsunami 10 years later
2014-12-26 04:00:00
Wind power project near Atlantic City down, not out, backers say.
2014-12-26 03:00:05
Indian Ocean Tsunami Anniversary: Banda Aceh In Photos, Then And Now, Shows A Place Destroyed And Rebuilt
2014-12-25 23:40:04
Temperature records shattered in Atlantic Canada on balmy Christmas Day
2014-12-25 11:26:28
Indian Ocean tsunami, 10 years later
2014-12-25 10:46:21
Temperature records shattered in Atlantic region on balmy Christmas Day
2014-12-25 08:55:00
Adventurer prepares for Atlantic row
2014-12-25 03:15:23
Indian Ocean Tsunami: 10 Years Later, Biggest Threat To Marine Ecosystems Is Man, Not Nature
2014-12-24 14:30:03
2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami 10 Years Later: Warning System Installed After Disaster Has 'Critical Gaps'
2014-12-24 14:30:03
Increasingly acidic oceans threaten world's mussel populations
2014-12-24 00:00:03
Mom Who Drove Kids in Ocean to Be Hospitalized
2014-12-23 08:44:59
New-generation 'thinking' biomimetic robots developed as ocean engineering solutions
2014-12-23 07:41:36
Google rams Landfill Android into Indian Ocean folks' faces
2014-12-23 06:31:02
Icahn's money could keep Atlantic City casino open another year: lawyer
2014-12-22 13:38:52
VIDEO: Indian Ocean tsunami: Aceh 10 years on
2014-12-21 17:59:55
Ghost-Like Sea Creature Breaks Record For Deepest Fish In The Ocean
2014-12-21 04:20:04
Trade winds ventilate the tropical oceans: Explanation for increasing oxygen deficiency
2014-12-20 22:35:48
Trade winds ventilate the tropical oceans: Explanation for increasing oxygen deficiency
2014-12-20 22:35:48
Microplastics in the ocean: Biologists study effects on marine animals
2014-12-20 22:35:46
3-D Scanning Sonar Brings Light To Deep Ocean Shipwrecks
2014-12-20 06:23:53
Is this speck in the Indian Ocean Britain's Guantanamo? Chilling questions raised over secretive island as more disturbing allegations emerge over UK's role in CIA torture
2014-12-19 19:09:34
New challenges for ocean acidification research
2014-12-19 09:40:39
New challenges for ocean acidification research
2014-12-19 09:40:39
Trade winds ventilate the tropical oceans
2014-12-18 23:00:00
New challenges for ocean acidification research
2014-12-18 23:00:00
New challenges for ocean acidification research
2014-12-18 23:00:00
Icahn offers $20 million to keep Atlantic City Trump casino open
2014-12-18 16:01:35
Falklands awarded South Atlantic Medal after 1982 Argentine invasion
2014-12-18 11:00:24
Humpback whales in feeding frenzy in Alaska's Inside Passage in Pacific Ocean
2014-12-18 10:26:28
Two years after a tourist lost her camera in the ocean, a diver found it and returned the photos
2014-12-17 18:54:12
Australia's coastal observation network may aid in understanding of extreme ocean events
2014-12-17 14:40:16

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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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