13 Facts About The Caribbean Sea


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

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

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The Caribbean 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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The 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 The Caribbean Sea waters have been increasingly threatening The Caribbean Sea coral reefs.

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

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Tropical cyclones that impact the Caribbean often develop off the West coast of Africa and make their way west across the Atlantic Ocean toward the Caribbean, while other storms develop in the Caribbean itself.

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The 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 The Caribbean Sea islands makes a major contribution to their economies.

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