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Atlantic City loses another casino -- Trump Plaza
2014-09-16 14:02:00
Ocean race favorite aims for gold
2014-09-16 06:35:26
Countdown to Volvo Ocean Race
2014-09-16 05:59:34
Trump Plaza: 4th Atlantic City Casino Shutdown
2014-09-16 00:46:43
The Malaspina Expedition confirms that pollution reaches even the most remote areas of the ocean
2014-09-15 23:00:00
New research decodes virus-host interactions in ocean dead zones
2014-09-15 23:00:00
Decoding virus-host interactions in the oxygen-starved ocean
2014-09-15 13:09:40
MH370: Malaysian Transport Minister Says 58 ‘Hard Objects’ Found In Indian Ocean To Be Verified
2014-09-15 05:20:08
Miss America 2015: Miss New York Kira Kazantsev Wins Beauty Pageant In Atlantic City
2014-09-15 05:20:08
What will survive in hot, acidic oceans?
2014-09-15 04:00:05
PHOTOS: 2015 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City
2014-09-14 23:03:30
Study finds warming Atlantic temperatures could increase range of invasive species
2014-09-14 23:00:00
Satellites show Edouard's transition into an Atlantic Hurricane
2014-09-14 23:00:00
Decoding virus-host interactions in the oxygen-starved ocean
2014-09-14 23:00:00
Ocean algae can evolve fast to tackle climate change: study
2014-09-14 12:11:41
Miss America to buff Atlantic City's image
2014-09-14 10:31:41
MH370 mystery: 58 ‘hard objects’ found in Indian Ocean
2014-09-14 06:52:42
MH370 mystery: 58 'hard objects' found in Indian Ocean
2014-09-14 04:50:42
MH370 mystery: 58 ‘hard objects’ found in Indian Ocean
2014-09-14 04:12:52
US Navy Jets Crash: Search Continues For Missing FA-18 Pilot Following Crash Over Pacific Ocean
2014-09-13 04:10:05
Two U.S. Navy Planes Crash in the Pacific Ocean
2014-09-12 10:36:30
Danny Williams documentary premieres at Atlantic Film Festival
2014-09-12 07:22:14
Pair Of F/A-18s Crash In Western Pacific Ocean, U.S. Navy Says
2014-09-12 07:16:45
Crowdsourcing and oceanography, a mix made out of necessity
2014-09-12 06:09:00
Hello, Edouard: Tropical Storm Forms in Atlantic
2014-09-12 02:40:00
Hello, Edouard: Tropical Storm Forms in Atlantic
2014-09-12 02:40:00
Tropical Storm Edouard forms in far eastern Atlantic; forecast to remain out at sea
2014-09-11 22:25:25
Laid-off Atlantic City casino workers hit the job fairs
2014-09-11 21:52:26
Microbes evolve faster than ocean can disperse them
2014-09-11 17:07:31
Microbes evolve faster than ocean can disperse them
2014-09-11 17:07:31
Tropical Depression #6 has formed in the far eastern Atlantic
2014-09-11 09:59:58
Could your sunscreen be harming ocean life?
2014-09-11 04:00:05
Satellite view of newborn Atlantic Tropical Depression 6
2014-09-10 23:00:00
Microbes evolve faster than ocean can disperse them
2014-09-10 23:00:00
Trump Entertainment begins race to save Atlantic City casino
2014-09-10 11:43:41

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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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