14 Facts About Caribbean Sea


Caribbean Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean in the tropics of the Western Hemisphere.

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The Caribbean Sea coastline has many gulfs and bays: the Gulf of Gonave, Gulf of Venezuela, Gulf of Darien, Golfo de los Mosquitos, Gulf of Paria and Gulf of Honduras.

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Caribbean Sea has the world's second largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

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Name Caribbean Sea derives from the Caribs, one of the region's dominant Native American groups at the time of European contact during the late 15th century.

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Caribbean Sea had been unknown to the populations of Eurasia until 1492, when Christopher Columbus sailed into Caribbean waters on a quest to find a sea route to Asia.

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Caribbean Sea is an oceanic sea largely situated on the Caribbean Plate.

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The Caribbean Sea is separated from the ocean by several island arcs of various ages.

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The Caribbean Sea remained like this for most of the Cenozoic until the Holocene when rising water levels of the oceans restored communication with the Atlantic Ocean.

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Caribbean Sea's floor is composed of sub-oceanic sediments of deep red clay in the deep basins and troughs.

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Atlantic deep water is thought to spill into the Caribbean and contribute to the general deep water of its sea.

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Since 2005 unusually warm Caribbean Sea waters have been increasingly threatening Caribbean Sea coral reefs.

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Climate of the Caribbean Sea is driven by the low latitude and tropical ocean currents that run through it.

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Caribbean Sea region has seen a significant increase in human activity since the colonization period.

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Tourism based upon scuba diving and snorkeling on coral reefs of many Caribbean Sea islands makes a major contribution to their economies.

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