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B31: huge Antarctic iceberg headed for open ocean
2014-04-24 09:26:35
Microscopic organism plays a big role in ocean carbon cycling, Scripps scientists discover
2014-04-23 23:00:00
Some corals adjusting to rising ocean temperatures, Stanford researchers say
2014-04-23 23:00:00
Auction Set for Atlantic City Oceanfront Parcels
2014-04-23 14:44:00
Scientists identify source of mysterious sound in the Southern Ocean
2014-04-23 12:26:14
Scientists identify source of mysterious sound in the Southern Ocean
2014-04-23 12:26:14
Summit to Protect Oceans Opens
2014-04-23 11:39:43
Scientists solve mystery of Southern Ocean 'quacking' sound
2014-04-23 09:05:12
Malaysia Plane Search Tests Limits of Ocean Mapping Technology
2014-04-23 07:04:39
Scientists identify source of mysterious sound in the Southern Ocean
2014-04-22 23:00:00
Scientists identify source of mysterious sound in the Southern Ocean
2014-04-22 23:00:00
Mystery creature behind bizarre ocean ‘quack’
2014-04-22 22:38:00
Musical based on 'Found' aims for Atlantic Theater
2014-04-22 13:52:24
Missing Malaysian jet MH370 may have landed and not ended in ocean?
2014-04-22 11:41:34
What Is an Ocean Garbage Patch?
2014-04-21 06:22:09
Scanning the ocean floor for Flight 370
2014-04-19 11:12:36
Nkoka wins Two Oceans
2014-04-19 07:02:06
Canadian bloggers among first to travel Wild Atlantic Way
2014-04-19 07:00:00
Polish retiree says he crossed Atlantic by kayak
2014-04-19 04:59:39
Cutting through debris on the ocean floor
2014-04-18 21:08:51
Two Oceans champ confident
2014-04-18 12:03:32
MH370: Drone scans ocean; frustration builds
2014-04-18 09:45:49
MH370: Underwater drone scans ocean floor 5th time
2014-04-18 04:00:25
Robotic submarine scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet
2014-04-18 00:20:45
Ocean trash hampering search for MH370?
2014-04-17 21:25:41
Ocean salvage official: How we search
2014-04-17 16:57:46
Giant Crab-Like Robot to Plumb the Ocean for Shipwrecks and Treasure
2014-04-17 15:30:00
Battle of the Linux clouds! Linode DOUBLES RAM to take on Digital Ocean
2014-04-17 12:08:18
Landfill on the High Seas: Why's the Ocean Full of Trash?
2014-04-17 11:05:55
Floating nuclear reactor in middle of ocean would be tsunami-proof, claim scientists
2014-04-17 09:51:48
Hundreds flee homes as flooding hits Eastern, Atlantic Canada
2014-04-17 06:17:00
MH370 search sub completes first successful scan of Indian Ocean floor
2014-04-17 04:26:17
Recovering wreckage from the ocean floor
2014-04-16 20:39:50
Using sonar to map the ocean floor
2014-04-16 20:27:09
Groups rally against ocean seismic blasts.
2014-04-16 04:00:05

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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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