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North Atlantic

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Currents of the Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean is bounded on the West by North and South America. In the North and Northeast, it is separated from the Arctic Ocean by the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Greenland, Iceland, Jan Mayen, Svalbard, and mainland Europe. It connects to the Arctic Ocean through the Denmark Strait, Greenland Sea, Norwegian Sea, and Barents Sea. To the East, the boundaries of the ocean proper are Europe, the Strait of Gibraltar (where it connects with the Mediterranean Sea, one of its marginal seas, and, in turn, the Black Sea), and Africa. In the Southeast, the Atlantic merges into the Indian Ocean, the border being defined by the 20° East meridian, running South from Cape Agulhas to Antarctica. While some authorities show the Atlantic Ocean extending south to Antarctica, others show it as bounded at the 60° parallel by the Southern Ocean. In the southwest, the Drake Passage connects it to the Pacific Ocean. A man-made link between the Atlantic and Pacific is provided by the Panama Canal. Beside those mentioned, other large bodies of water adjacent to the Atlantic are the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, Hudson Bay, the Arctic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the Celtic Sea.

Covering approximately 22% of Earth's surface, the Atlantic Ocean is second only to the Pacific Ocean in size. With its adjacent seas it occupies an area of about 106,400,000 square kilometers (41,100,000 sq mi); without them, it has an area of 82,400,000 square kilometres (31,800,000 sq mi).

Cruising the region

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92 - Cabo de Sao Vicente to Strait of Gibraltar
94 - Southern Martinique
142 - Strait of Gibraltar
144 - Gibraltar
366 - Arquipélago de Cabo Verde
956 - Guadeloupe to Trinidad
1448 - Gibraltar Bay
1831 - Arquipélago de Madeira
1869 - Gran Canaria to Hierro
2485 - Approaches to Barbados
3578 - Eastern Approaches to Gibraltar
A4 - Guadeloupe to St. Lucia
B2 - Barbados
Chart 100 - (conical projection) North Atlantic Passage Chart
C19 - Cabo Finisterre To Gibraltar
C20 - Gibraltar to Arquipelago dos Azores and Islas Canaries
E1 - Azores
E2 - Canary Islands
E3 - Madeira and Porto Santo
E4 - Cape Verde
E5 - Bermuda
2521 - St. Lucia
51017 - Ra's Beddouza to Cap Juby including the Arquipelago Da Madeira and Islas Canarias
51022 - Cap Juby to Baie du Levrier including the Canary Islands
51260 - Islas Canarias (Western Group)
51261 - Arquipelago Da Madeira
51262 - Baia de Porto santo
51263 - Baia Dp Finchal and Praia Formosa
51342 - Ilheus Selvagen
51500 - Cape Verde (Northern Part)
51540 - Cape Verde (Southern Part)
52031 - Strait Of Gibraltar To Balearic Isl
52039 - Strait of Gibraltar
25485 - Approaches to Barbados
2554 - Martinique


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Countries, Ports, Anchorages, and Islands

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United Kingdom
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South America (portion)
Central America
United States
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The Canaries
Cape Verde Islands
Sao Tome and Principe


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  • Greenland route info is about half way down page TELL-TALES



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