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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Sipadan and Ligitan, the two islands at the centre of the dispute, are mere specks in the Sulawesi Sea. Sitting atop a steep extinct volcanic seamount and occupying 12 hectares, (3) Sipadan lies about 14 miles south of "mainland" Sabah and 42 miles east of the island of Sebatik, which is divided between Malaysia and Indonesia by the 4[degrees] 10' North parallel as agreed by the United Kingdom and the Netherlands in a treaty signed in 1891.
Although Sabah towns such as Semporna, Tawau and Lahad Datu and the Sulawesi Sea are notorious for piracy attacks, this is the first time a major incident has happened in Sipadan.
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Malaysia on Thursday urged Indonesia to resolve through diplomatic means the escalating dispute over territorial rights in the Sulawesi Sea sparked after Malaysia awarded oil exploration rights in the area.
Shrimp is feared to be depleted in the not too long in the sea off densely populated areas such as in the Seram Sea, Sulawesi Sea, the Pacific Ocean, Makassar strait, Flores Sea, Banda Sea and the Indian Ocean because of over-fishing especially in shrimp fishing.
There are those who are also manufacturing drugs and who keep on using Sulu and Sulawesi Sea. You know how different it is to go after these elements, most especially in that part of the region,' he said.
But Susilo and his Malaysian counterpart, PM Abdullah Badawi, intervened directly and agreed to work on resolving the dispute over oil-rich parts of the Sulawesi Sea by diplomatic means.
Then in March 2005 came the conflict with Malaysia over petroleum-rich offshore areas at the Sulawesi Sea, which the leaders of the two neighbouring states later agreed to resolve by diplomatic means.
Indonesia sent three navy ships to the Sulawesi Sea with two more reported to be en route there and two Nomad spy planes to patrol the area.
Overfishing has been happening to prawns nearly all areas except in the Seram Sea, the Sulawesi Sea, the Pacific Ocean, and the Indonesian Ocean.
'Sula's Voyage' is a beguiling read about 15-year-old Sula (named for the Sulawesi Sea) who finds it hard to fit in because of her dark skin.
But Susilo and his Malaysian counterpart, Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, intervened directly and agreed to work on resolving the dispute over oil-rich parts of the Sulawesi Sea by diplomatic means.
Reports of Malaysian aircraft and ships intruding the air space and waters off Indonesia have prompted the Indonesian Air Force to patrol the waters over the Sulawesi Sea where the two states are disputing the boundary lines.