Celebes Sea


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Celebes Sea

the part of the Pacific Ocean between Sulawesi, Borneo, and Mindanao

Celebes Sea

 

an interisland sea in the Pacific Ocean, bounded by the islands of Kalimantan, Sulawesi (Celebes), and Mindanao, the Sangihe Islands, and the Sulu Archipelago. The Celebes Sea has an area of 453,000 sq km and depths up to 6,220 m.

Mangrove thickets are characteristic of the low, eastern shores of Kalimantan, and the Sulu Archipelago has many coral reefs. The temperature of the surface waters throughout the year is approximately 28°C, and the salinity is approximately 34.5 parts per thousand. The temperature of the bottom waters is approximately 34.6 parts per thousand. Surface currents are formed by a current from Mindanao, which carries water into the Celebes Sea; as a result, the water level in the Celebes Sea is higher than that of the other seas of the Malay Archipelago. The surface and intermediate waters of the Pacific Ocean flow through the Celebes Sea into the Indian Ocean. The bottom sediments are light blue terrigenous mud containing a considerable admixture of volcanic material. High tide occurs twice per day and has a range of more than 3 m. The principal ports are Manado, on Sulawesi, and Tarakan, on the island of Tarakan.

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From the airport, we rolled through Bongao's concrete roads and passed through the historic Ridjiki ('blessing') boulevard, built near the big expanse of Sulu and Celebes seas.
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Indonesia sent a ship to join the search for the fishermen, who may have been swept toward the Celebes Sea from the Pacific Ocean off southern Mindanao Island, said military spokesman Captain Severino David.
The Indonesian government sent a ship to join the search for the fishermen, who may have been swept toward the Celebes Sea from the Pacific Ocean off southern Mindanao Island, said regional military spokesman Capt.
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This year's Neville Shulman Challenge Award is supporting the work of the Hugging the Coast team, made up of six women sea-kayakers and social scientists who will traverse the 250-kilometre length of the Sangihe Archipelago, from Bunaken to Sangihe in the Celebes Sea of the western Pacific Ocean.
Monday evening the pirates ordered them to abandon ship and put them in a life raft, which was found drifting in the Celebes Sea at the time of rescue, Balutan said.
The navies of the United States and six Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines on Tuesday kicked off an 11-day military drill in the Malacca Strait, Celebes Sea and Sulu Sea, a spokesman for the Philippine military said.
High-tech tools helped Madin's team on a 2007 expedition to the Celebes Sea near the Philippines.
22 December 2010 - Norwegian seismic surveyor TGS-Nopec Geophysical Company ASA (OSL: TGS) said Wednesday it will start a multi-client 3D survey in the Tarakan Basin, offshore East Kalimantan, Indonesia in the Celebes Sea.
WHOI biologist Larry Madin led a 2007 expedition to explore the Celebes Sea, east of Borneo, and collected samples of what turned out to be a new genus of animals nicknamed "squidworms" (see page 2).