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 for Atlantic Ocean
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Atlantic Ocean
      n 1: the 2nd largest ocean; separates North and South America on
           the west from Europe and Africa on the east [syn:
           Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean]

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  Atlantic Ocean
  
     Introduction Atlantic Ocean
     ---------------------------
                              Background: The Atlantic Ocean is the second-
                                          largest of the world's five oceans
                                          (after the Pacific Ocean, but larger
                                          than the Indian Ocean, Southern
                                          Ocean, and Arctic Ocean). The Kiel
                                          Canal (Germany), Oresund (Denmark-
                                          Sweden), Bosporus (Turkey), Strait
                                          of Gibraltar (Morocco-Spain), and
                                          the St. Lawrence Seaway (Canada-US)
                                          are important strategic access
                                          waterways.
    
     Geography Atlantic Ocean
     ------------------------
                                Location: body of water between Africa,
                                          Europe, the Southern Ocean, and the
                                          Western Hemisphere
                  Geographic coordinates: 0 00 N, 25 00 W
                          Map references: Political Map of the World
                                    Area: total: 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,
                                          Mediterranean Sea, North Sea,
                                          Norwegian Sea, almost all of the
                                          Scotia Sea, and other tributary
                                          water bodies
                      Area - comparative: slightly less than 6.5 times the
                                          size of the US
                               Coastline: 111,866 km
                                 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
                                 Terrain: surface usually covered with sea ice
                                          in Labrador Sea, Denmark Strait, and
                                          coastal portions of the Baltic Sea
                                          from October to June; clockwise
                                          warm-water gyre (broad, circular
                                          system of currents) in the northern
                                          Atlantic, counterclockwise warm-
                                          water gyre in the southern Atlantic;
                                          the ocean floor is dominated by the
                                          Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a rugged north-
                                          south centerline for the entire
                                          Atlantic basin
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Milwaukee Deep in the
                                          Puerto Rico Trench -8,605 m
                                          highest point: sea level 0 m
                       Natural resources: oil and gas fields, fish, marine
                                          mammals (seals and whales), sand and
                                          gravel aggregates, placer deposits,
                                          polymetallic nodules, precious
                                          stones
                         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)
            Environment - current issues: endangered marine species include
                                          the manatee, seals, sea lions,
                                          turtles, and whales; drift net
                                          fishing is hastening the decline of
                                          fish stocks and contributing to
                                          international disputes; municipal
                                          sludge pollution off eastern US,
                                          southern Brazil, and eastern
                                          Argentina; oil pollution in
                                          Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Lake
                                          Maracaibo, Mediterranean Sea, and
                                          North Sea; industrial waste and
                                          municipal sewage pollution in Baltic
                                          Sea, North Sea, and Mediterranean
                                          Sea
                        Geography - note: major chokepoints include the
                                          Dardanelles, Strait of Gibraltar,
                                          access to the Panama and Suez
                                          Canals; strategic straits include
                                          the Strait of Dover, Straits of
                                          Florida, Mona Passage, The Sound
                                          (Oresund), and Windward Passage; the
                                          Equator divides the Atlantic Ocean
                                          into the North Atlantic Ocean and
                                          South Atlantic Ocean
    
    
    
     Economy Atlantic Ocean
     ----------------------
                      Economy - overview: The Atlantic Ocean provides some of
                                          the world's most heavily trafficked
                                          sea routes, between and within the
                                          Eastern and Western Hemispheres.
                                          Other economic activity includes the
                                          exploitation of natural resources,
                                          e.g., fishing, the dredging of
                                          aragonite sands (The Bahamas), and
                                          production of crude oil and natural
                                          gas (Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico,
                                          and North Sea).
    
    
     Transportation Atlantic Ocean
     -----------------------------
                       Ports and harbors: Alexandria (Egypt), Algiers
                                          (Algeria), Antwerp (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)
                   Transportation - note: Kiel Canal and Saint Lawrence Seaway
                                          are two important waterways;
                                          significant domestic commercial and
                                          recreational use of Intracoastal
                                          Waterway on central and south
                                          Atlantic seaboard and Gulf of Mexico
                                          coast of US
    
    
     Transnational Issues Atlantic Ocean
     -----------------------------------
                Disputes - international: some maritime disputes (see littoral
                                          states)
    
                                         
  
  

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