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Which sea was considered to be non-navigable?
Sargasso Sea. The Atlantic Ocean's Sargasso Sea was named after the Sargassum seaweed, which floats en masse on the surface there. Although it was formerly thought to cover the entirety of the Sargasso Sea, making navigation impossible, it has since been found to occur only in drifts. The historic incidents of sailing ships being trapped there are now considered due to the often calm winds of the horse latitudes.
Where is the highest peak of Spain located?
On Tenerife (Canary Islands). Mount Teide is the highest peak of Tenerefe in the Canary Islands and at the same time of Spain. Teide is 3,718 meter (12,198 ft) high stratovulcano. It's also the highest peak of all Atlantic islands. Measured from the ocean floor it reaches about 7,500 meters (24,600 ft).
This is Sable Island, known as the graveyard of the Atlantic. It is about 109 miles southeast of Nova Scotia. What is the island origin?
Post-glacial. Sable Island is believed to have formed from a terminal moraine deposited on the continental shelf near the end of the last Ice Age. It emerges from vast shoals and shallows which, in tandem with frequent fog and sudden storms, have caused over 350 recorded shipwrecks
Tristan da Cunha is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world. Who discovered it?
Tristan da Cunha lies in the south Atlantic Ocean, 2,816 kilometers (1,750 mi) from the nearest land, South Afric. In 1816 the United Kingdom formally annexed the islands, to ensure that the French would be unable to use the islands as a base for a rescue operation to free Napoleon Bonaparte from his prison in Saint Helena. Today, the main island has a permanent population of 275.
Which continents are moving away from each other?
Africa and South America. Bacause of the ongoing spreading of the Atlantic Ocean, Africa and South America (just like Europe and North America) are moving away from each other at the rate of about 3 centimeters (1,2 inch) per year.
The greatest depth of the Atlantic Ocean is:
Puerto Rico Trench is deep at 9219 m below sea level (Atlantic), Tonga Trench is deep at 10882 m below sea level, Romanche Furrow is deep at 7761 m below sea level, New Britain Trench is deep at 9140 m below sea level.
For what was the medal of the “Blue Riband of the Atlantic” awarded?
For the fastest liner. The term “Blue Riband of the Atlantic” did not come into use until the 1890's, and the history of the trans-Atlantic competition, which was compiled retrospectively, was regarded as starting with the crossings by the steamships Sirius and Great Western in 1838.Sirius in 1838 needed 18 days 14 hours. 22 min. The last SS United States did this in 3 days 10 hours. 40 minutes
What is the distance between Europe and Africa at the narrowest point of the Strait of Gibraltar?
Around 14 km. The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates Europe from Africa by 7.7 nautical miles (14.3 km) at the strait's narrowest point. Ferries cross between the two continents every day in as little as 35 minutes.
What animal is that?
Portugeuse man o' war. The Atlantic Portuguese man o' war, also known as the man-of-war or floating terror, is a marine hydrozoan found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Despite its appearance, it is not a true jellyfish but a siphonophore. Its venomous long tentacles deliver a painful sting, which on extremely rare occasions has been fatal to humans.
In which country lies the southernmost point of mainland Europe?
Spain. Punta de Tarifa, Spain is the southernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula and continental Europe. It is located in the province of Cádiz and the autonomous community of Andalusia on the Atlantic end of the Straits of Gibraltar. The coast of Morocco can be seen from this point.