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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
Life really does begin in our oceans, say UK scientists
2014-07-21 07:00:00
Mixing it up: Study provides new insight into Southern Ocean behavior
2014-07-20 19:35:01
Mixing it up: Study provides new insight into Southern Ocean behavior
2014-07-20 19:35:01
Oceans vital for possibility for alien life
2014-07-20 19:34:59
Oceans vital for possibility for alien life
2014-07-20 19:34:59
Feds to announce SC ocean wind tracts in North Myrtle Beach.
2014-07-20 04:00:05
Mixing it up: Study provides new insight into Southern Ocean behaviour
2014-07-19 23:00:00
UEA research shows oceans vital for possibility for alien life
2014-07-19 23:00:00
White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration
2014-07-19 22:16:00
White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration
2014-07-19 22:16:00
White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration
2014-07-19 22:16:00
Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It
2014-07-19 16:05:00 | Ocean can contribute R177bn to GDP - Zuma
2014-07-19 12:15:06
White House opens door to exploring Atlantic for oil.
2014-07-19 04:00:05
White House Opens Door to Exploring Atlantic for Oil
2014-07-18 23:00:00
Why Are Scientists Building an "Ocean" in the Middle of a Desert?
2014-07-18 15:00:04
Atlantic salmon show capacity to adapt to warmer waters
2014-07-17 13:20:47
Atlantic salmon also show capacity to adapt to warmer waters
2014-07-16 23:00:00
Kimco Buys Out Mid-Atlantic Portfolio for $276M
2014-07-16 07:51:00
Desert dust feeds deep ocean life.
2014-07-16 04:00:05
First of Its Kind Map Reveals Extent of Ocean Plastic
2014-07-15 19:50:01
Smashing, groovy, baby yay, capitalism! Digital Ocean flogs Brit VMs
2014-07-15 12:30:07
Atlantic City's Trump Plaza Hotel to close
2014-07-15 08:30:00
Court KOs New Jersey bid to block ocean blasting
2014-07-15 06:06:05

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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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