Sulu Sea


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Sulu Sea

part of the W Pacific between Borneo and the central Philippines

Sulu Sea

 

a sea in the Pacific Ocean, between the Philippine Islands, Palawan Island, Borneo, and the Sulu Archipelago. The Sulu Sea has an area of 335,000 sq km and depths to 5,576 m. Coral reefs are found along the southern shores. The temperature of the surface waters is about 25.5°C in winter and about 29°C in summer. The temperature of the deeper waters (from 500 m to the sea floor) is above 10°C; this is explained by the fact that the depth of the deepest strait between the Sulu Sea and the South China Sea—Mindoro Strait—is only 450 m. The salinity varies between 33 and 34.5 parts per thousand. The sea floor is composed of globigerina ooze with admixtures of volcanic and terrigenous materials. The tides are irregular and semidiurnal and measure 2 to 3 m.

The main occupation of the island inhabitants is fishing for reef fish and tuna. The chief ports are Iloilo on Panay Island, Zamboanga on Mindanao, Sandakan on Borneo, and Puerto Princesa on Palawan Island.

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Since the creation of the Philippines, it has been the sea of Sulu or Sulu sea.
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Tuesday's opening ceremony for the naval exercises took place at a military base in Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, a narrow island that divides the South China Sea to the west and the Sulu Sea in the east.
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.
Exxon is planning to spend around $100 million on drilling the Dabakan-1 well in the Sulu Sea, located between the Palawan Island and the country's main archipelago.
The boats will skirt the east coast of Mindanao to hopefully avoid the pirates to the southwest of the island and out in the Sulu Sea.
The green campaigners are in south-east Asia for a four-month tour to expose the impact of climate change and, embarrassingly, the fragile nature of the coral reef in the marine park in the Sulu Sea off the isle of Palawan.
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It travels along Busuanga's palmy shoreline for more than an hour before moving northward across the open Sulu Sea, where the only traffic is Filipino fishermen.