Scotia Sea


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Scotia Sea

 

part of the Atlantic section of the Antarctic Ocean between South Georgia and the South Sandwich and South Orkney islands; in the west, it is linked to the Pacific Ocean by Drake Passage. The Scotia Sea has an area of more than 1.3 million sq km and depths of 5,870 m. The average surface temperature of the water varies from 6 °C to - 1 °C; the salinity is approximately 34 parts per thousand. For a considerable part of the year, the southern part of the sea is covered with drift ice. The area is commercially important for whaling. The Scotia Sea was named in 1932 in honor of the ship used by W. Bruce on his Scottish expedition to Antarctica.

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In West Antarctica these include the Bellingshausen Sea (named after the Russian admiral who explored the region in 1820), the Weddell Sea and the Scotia Sea where Pugh made his life-changing swim over the whale graveyard.
Occurrence of fin and humpback whales in the Scotia Sea and the protected marine area of the South Orkney Islands, Antarctica
Researchers at University of Cologne, Oregon State University, the Alfred-Wegener-Institute, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Lapland, University of New South Wales, and University of Bonn, examined two sediment cores from the Scotia Sea between Antarctica and South America that contained "iceberg-rafted debris" that had been scraped off Antarctica by moving ice and deposited via icebergs into the sea.
8 magnitude undersea earthquake that the USGS registered in the Scotia Sea some 30 hours earlier.
8 magnitude undersea earthquake struck in the Scotia Sea, a remote region in the far south Atlantic near Antarctica, US earthquake monitors reported Sunday, according to AFP.
Major and trace element geochemistry suggest an N- to E-MORB nature for the protolith, which cannot rule-out a back- or inter-arc basin origin, like is seen in the East Scotia Sea.
In fact, the entire Scotia Sea seems to have had the rug pulled out from underneath it.
A 30-year field study of Adelie (ice-loving) and chinstrap (ice-avoiding) penguins shows that populations of both species in the West Antarctic Peninsula and Scotia Sea have declined by respective averages of 2.
ABSTRACT Management of the Nova Scotia sea urchin fishery includes several unusual features: one license per fishing zone, fishers increase resource yields over natural levels by controlling the sea urchin-macrophyte cycle, fishers scale fishing effort to market demand, fishers map the resource in their zones, a reference point for good resource management based on a conspicuous habitat feature, an audit of zone management success, and low ongoing input from the management agency.
Others address microbial ecology, hydrothermal animal communities, and vent fauna, and the case studies consider the east Scotia Sea, the Bismarck Sea, and the West Philippine Basin.
Back on board the ship, we headed off from South Georgia and crossed the Scotia Sea, landing at Turret Point in the South Shetlands.