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The ocean (also the sea or the world ocean) is the body of salt water which covers approximately 71% of the surface of the Earth. It is also "any of the large bodies of water into which the great ocean is divided". These five oceans are, in descending order by area, the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern (Antarctic), and Arctic Oceans. ( Full article...)

Waves in Pacifica, California

The sea, connected as the world ocean or simply the ocean, is the body of salty water that covers over 70 percent of the Earth's surface. The word sea is also used to denote second-order sections of the sea, such as the Mediterranean Sea, as well as certain large, entirely landlocked, saltwater lakes, such as the Caspian Sea. ( Full article...)

Oceanography (from the Ancient Greek ὠκεανός " ocean" and γράφω " write"), also known as oceanology, is the scientific study of the ocean. It is an important Earth science, which covers a wide range of topics, including ecosystem dynamics; ocean currents, waves, and geophysical fluid dynamics; plate tectonics and the geology of the sea floor; and fluxes of various chemical substances and physical properties within the ocean and across its boundaries. These diverse topics reflect multiple disciplines that oceanographers utilize to glean further knowledge of the world ocean, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, climatology, geography, geology, hydrology, meteorology and physics. Paleoceanography studies the history of the oceans in the geologic past. An oceanographer is a person who studies many matters concerned with oceans including marine geology, physics, chemistry and biology. ( Full article...)

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Past sunset at Labrador Sea, off the coast of Paamiut, Greenland

The Labrador Sea (French: mer du Labrador, Danish: Labradorhavet) is an arm of the North Atlantic Ocean between the Labrador Peninsula and Greenland. The sea is flanked by continental shelves to the southwest, northwest, and northeast. It connects to the north with Baffin Bay through the Davis Strait. It has been described as a marginal sea of the Atlantic.

The sea formed upon separation of the North American Plate and Greenland Plate that started about 60 million years ago and stopped about 40 million years ago. It contains one of the world's largest turbidity current channel systems, the Northwest Atlantic Mid-Ocean Channel (NAMOC), that runs for thousands of kilometers along the sea bottom toward the Atlantic Ocean. ( Full article...)
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9 May 2021 – Yemeni Civil War
The United States Navy announces it seized a shipment of thousands of weapons in a stateless dhow on the Arabian Sea believed to be en-route to Yemen. (Politico)
9 May 2021 –
The China Manned Space Engineering Office states that remnants of the Chinese Long March-5B Y2 rocket made an uncontrolled re-entry into Earth's atmosphere into the Indian Ocean, west of the Maldives. (CNN) (The New York Times)
4 May 2021 – Post-Brexit United Kingdom relations with the European Union
French maritime minister Annick Girardin says that France is prepared to impose "retaliation measures" against the United Kingdom over its new guidelines on requiring French fishing vessels to obtain permits to sail by the Channel Islands. (CGTN)
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Saudi Arabia says that it detected and destroyed an incoming remote-controlled ship containing explosives in the Red Sea. (The Independent)
23 April 2021 – European migrant crisis
Ten people are confirmed dead and 130 others are feared dead after their boats capsize in the Mediterranean Sea, according to the humanitarian NGO SOS Méditerranée. (Reuters)
19 April 2021 – Discharge of radioactive water of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Japan–South Korea relations
South Korean fishermen stage a maritime demonstration to protest against the Japanese government's decision to release contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean. Around 150 fishing vessels take part in the protest. (Yonhap News Agency)



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