11 Facts About Beaufort Sea


Beaufort Sea is a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean, located north of the Northwest Territories, the Yukon, and Alaska, and west of Canada's Arctic islands.

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Beaufort Sea, characterized by severe climate, is frozen over most of the year.

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Until recently, the Beaufort Sea was known as an important reservoir for the replenishment of Arctic sea ice.

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The Canadian government announced in October 2014 that no new commercial fisheries in the Beaufort Sea will be considered until research has shown sustainable stocks that would be made available to Inuvialuit first.

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Beaufort Sea water has a stable temperature and is separated into four distinct layers as follows.

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The next layer is formed by the inflows from the Pacific Ocean and Bering Beaufort Sea coming through the Bering Strait; it extends up to the North Pole.

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Shoreline of the Beaufort Sea is covered with tundra and marks the northern limit of the terrestrial range of the polar bear in North America.

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Genetic analyses have confirmed that belugas of the Beaufort Sea are clearly distinct from those of other Canadian and Alaskan waters, despite often sharing a common wintering habitat.

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Food chain of the Beaufort Sea is relatively simple: It starts with phytoplankton and epontic algae, which provide energy to zooplankton, and epontic and coastal amphipods.

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Beaufort Sea contains major gas and petroleum reserves beneath the seabed, a continuation of proven reserves in the nearby Mackenzie River and North Slope.

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This, the largest known oil deposit of the Beaufort Sea, was discovered in 1984, and is estimated to contain 37.

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