Arafura Sea


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Arafura Sea

(ärəfo͞o`rə), shallow part of the Pacific Ocean, between the Timor and Coral seas, separating Australia from New Guinea. It contains several islands of Indonesia. The Torres Strait to the east is a treacherous passage. See Carpentaria, Gulf ofCarpentaria, Gulf of
, arm of the Arafura Sea, 305 mi (491 km) wide and 370 mi (595 km) long, indenting the northern coast of Australia. On its eastern shore, near Weipa, lies a vast bauxite deposit. Willem Jansz explored the gulf in 1606.
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Arafura Sea

a part of the W Pacific Ocean, between N Australia and SW New Guinea
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Four maps do not extend far enough eastwards to cover that region; however, they do show an island with the name further out westwards in the Arafura Sea. In all, 20 maps (33%) have a Wesel Eijland in this location.
Data from the Arafura Sea were too few for use in these tests and were compared visually with the other regions.
On the identification of species of Pinctada found attached to Pinctada maxima (Jameson) in the Arafura sea. Bull.
A South-East Regional Marine Plan is already in place for waters around Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria, while the Northern Regional Marine Plan, encompassing the eastern Arafura Sea, Gulf of Carpentaria and Torres Strait, will be completed next year.
The incident occurred on the border of Australian and Indonesian air space above the Arafura Sea when one aircraft was apparently given clearance to climb into the path of the other aircraft.
Lying on and stretching south from the Tropic of Capricorn, it is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Arafura Sea to the north, the Indian Ocean to the west and the Southern Ocean to the south.
To the cast, Aboriginal people want the federal government to set up a marine protection strategy for Manbuygna ga Rulyapa (Arafura Sea) based on Yolgnu principles, with Yolgnu people at the heart of its management.
He continues to deny that the mine has any adverse environmental effects, describing its pollution as "the equivalent of me pissing in the Arafura Sea." Last year, Moffett described his mining operation in the Nation magazine as "thrusting a spear of economic development into the heartland of Irian Jaya."
We anchored in the shallow Arafura Sea some dozen miles off the Asmat, which is the most extensive marsh in the world; it is also the last region in which both headhunting and cannibalism are practiced, although now on a moderate scale.
Highlights along the way might include a bouncy boat ride across the Arafura Sea to windy Thursday Island (named by Captain Bligh as he rowed to Timor after the mutiny on the Bounty), a visit to the ghost town of Somerset (founder John Jardine expected his settlement to compete with Singapore), a walk to the tip of Cape York, and a stop at Weipa to see how Bauxite is mined.
In the far north of West Arnhem Land is the Cobourg Peninsula, a protected, almost uninhabited collection of coves and bays, with long, rangy headlands that strike out into the Arafura Sea like fingers.
It provides quality seafood and uses many of its self-owned vessels operating within the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone and the Arafura Sea of Indonesia.