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Top Five Largest Seas of the World
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Top Five Largest Seas of the World 

A sea is a large saline water body often attached to an ocean, i.e. it is a part of the ocean that is partially enclosed by land. Being located at the margins of the ocean, it connects the ocean with the sea. There are many seas in the world, the top five largest seas are as follows:

Top Five Largest Seas of the World

1. The Philippine Sea. The Philippine Sea is the largest sea in the world. It has an area of around 5,100,000 square kilometres and its deepest point is the Philippine Trench with a depth of 10,539 metres. It is located to the East and Northeast of Philipinnes in the western region of the North Pacific Ocean. In the southwest, it is bordered by the Philippine archipelago; in the East by the Marianas; in the Northeast by low Jima and Bonin; in the North by Japanese islands; in the West by Taiwan and in the northwest by the Ryukyu Islands. Ferdinand Magellan from Europe is the first man who navigated the Philippine Sea in 1521.

2. The Coral Sea. The Coral Sea is a marginal sea which is located to the East of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It has an area of around 4,500,000 square kilometres. Its average depth is around 1654 metres and the maximum depth is around 9990 metres. In the North, it is bordered by Papua New Guinea; in the South by the Tasman front; in the West by Australia and Arafura Sea, and in the East by Vanuatu and New Caledonia. The famous battle of the Coral Sea during the World War all took place in the Coral Sea on 7 and 8 May 1942.

3. The Arabian Sea. The Arabian Sea has located to the North of the Indian Ocean. It has an area of around 3862000 square kilometres and its average depth is around 2900 metres. The Wheatley Deep with a depth of 5803 metres is the deepest point of the Arabian Sea. It is bordered by the Arabian Peninsula and Somalia to the West; by Iran and Pakistan to the North; by India to the East and by the Indian Ocean to the South. It is connected to the Red Sea via the Gulf of Aden and to the Persian Gulf via the Gulf of Oman. The long submarine Carlsberg Ridge divides the Arabian Sea into two basins: the Somali basin in the West and Arab basin in the East.

4. South China Sea: The South China Sea is located in the western arm of the Pacific Ocean, i.e., it is a part of the Pacific Ocean. It has an area of around 3,500,000 square kilometres and its average depth is around  1212 metres.  It is bordered by Taiwan and Philippines on the East; by Borneo on the South and by Asian mainland on the West and North.  It connects Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.  The world’s deepest sinkhole, which is known as “Dragon Hole”, is found in the South China Sea by the scientists.

5. Caribbean Sea: The Caribbean Sea is a part of the Atlantic Ocean and is located near the tropics of the Western Hemisphere. It has an surface area of around 2600000 square kilometers and it’s average death is 2200 meters.  The deepest point of the Caribbean Sea is the Cayman Trench with a depth of around 7686 meters. Carribean Sea is home to many islands out of which Cuba is the largest island. The Yucatan Channel connets the Caribbean Sea to the Gulf of Mexico.

6. Mediterranean Sea. The area of the Mediterranean Sea is around 2,500,000 square kilometres and its average depth is 1429 meters. The deepest point of the Mediterranean sea is in the Calypso Deep in the Ionian sea.  It is fed by the major rivers of the world that include the Nile, Rhone, Ebro, and the Tiber. It separates Europe, Asia and Africa, i.e.  It is surrounded by Europe on the North; by North Africa on the South and on the East by Asia.  Additionally, it is connected to the Atlantic Ocean through the Strait of Gibraltar; connected with the Black Sea through the  Dardanelles (the sea of Marmara) and connected with the Red Sea by the Suez canal.      

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