Oceans

About the Atlantic

The Atlantic ocean is the second largest body of water on the planet. Ancient writers claim the name takes itself from the fabled city of Atlantis. Whether this is true or not is debatable but what is true is that it has helped shape history and the state of the worlds development.

The Atlantic is the youngest ocean and is critical for life in the surroundings. Early settlers relied on it for travel to and from the Americas and it's been a network of thriving trading lanes since the 1400s. It connects the Americas to Africa and Western Europe.

Extending from Iceland in the north to 58 degrees latitude in the south the depths can reach over 8600 meters at its deepest point (Puerto Rico Trench). A sub-sea mountain range runs north to south dividing the ocean roughly either side of the 'spine'.

Notable threats to this sea include the recent influx of Lion Fish. These fish wield powerful toxins and the local eco-systems are no match for them. Indeed these Lion Fish are now found from the Bahamas right up to Rhode Island.

Including the several seas adjoining the Atlantic the ocean has a total size of 41,100,000 miles.

Notable seas off the Atlantic include:

The Sargasso Sea

The North Sea

The Baltic Sea

The Bahamas - Here there is a dive site called 'The Black Hole' in the Bahamas. H2S is prominent once you reach 20 M or so deep. It represents what the Atlantic used to be like. The dark toxic waters resemble a black pupil when viewed from helicopter.

The Waters here are typically shallow.

Hudson Bay

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