I believe everyone who has watched the Pirates of the Caribbean movie is curious about this primitive and savage sea. The name of the Caribbean Sea comes from the Indian tribe, which means "brave" or "upright person."
Unexpectedly, the Caribbean Sea is the largest inland sea in the world. There are more than 1,000 islands and numerous atolls and reefs in the waters, and in the north of the Caribbean Sea is the well-known Bermuda Triangle. The special terrain and geographical advantages make this sea area extremely suitable for pirate activities, similar to the Somali waters where pirates are still rampant.
In the western part of the North Atlantic, there is a beautiful tourist resort, the Caribbean Sea, which connects the Gulf of Mexico and North America to the north, the Central American countries to the west, the South American continent to the south, and countless islands of the Antilles and the Bahamas surrounding this sea. This post will introduce more about the Caribbean Sea.
Caribbean Sea Introduction
The birth and growth of the Pirates in the Caribbean Sea are directly related to civilized society. During this period, the maritime industry ushered in unprecedented development. The war between civilized countries, the huge army of immigrants, and the temptation of huge wealth gave pirates a way to survive. The Caribbean Sea was an important passage between European countries and their colonies.
The Caribbean Sea is a suboceanic basin of the western Atlantic Ocean, lying between latitudes 9° and 22° N and longitudes 89° and 60° W. To the south, it is bounded by the coasts of Venezuela, Colombia, and Panama; to the west by Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico; to the north by the Greater Antilles islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico; and to the east by the north-south chain of the Lesser Antilles, consisting of the island arc that extends from the Virgin Islands in the northeast to Trinidad, off the Venezuelan coast, in the southeast. Within the boundaries of the Caribbean, Jamaica, to the south of Cuba, is the largest of a number of islands.
Caribbean Sea Size
- The Caribbean Sea covers about 1,063,000 sq mi (2,754,000 sq km).
- The Caribbean's greatest known depth is Cayman Trench (Bartlett Deep) between Cuba and Jamaica, approximately 25,216 feet (7,686 meters) below sea level. And its average depth is 2200 m.
Take the average monthly temperature of the Caribbean Sea, for example, which varies by no more than 3°C (25°-28°C) from year to year. Over the past 50 years, the Caribbean Sea has undergone three distinct phases: cooling continued until 1974, and the coldest period occurred between 1974 and 1976, after a continuous increase in temperature of 0.6°C per year. The salinity of the Caribbean Sea is 3.6%, the density is 1.0235-1.0240 103kg/m3, and the color of the surface water varies from blue-green to green.
The Caribbean is home to about 9% of the world's coral reefs covering about 20,000 square miles, most of which are located off the Caribbean and Central American coast. Currently, unusually warm Caribbean waters are endangering the Caribbean coral reefs. Coral Reefs support some of the most diverse habitats in the world but are fragile ecosystems. The habitats supported by the reefs are critical to tourist activities such as fishing and diving. Protecting and developing the marine environment in the greater Caribbean region has become an important issue for neighboring countries and even the world.
Today, the Caribbean area is home to 22 island territories and borders 12 continental countries. Although the Caribbean coastal countries are not very wealthy, the tourism industry here is developed. It is one of the most popular travel destinations that people all over the world yearn for. Due to year-round high temperatures and the amazing sea and beach scenery, the Caribbean has become a common place for tourism which has helped grow the cruise industry in the area.