Earth is 71% water and almost all of this water is part of oceans and seas. Wait… not “oceans”, plural… In reality, there is just one Global Ocean as it is proven that they are all connected. Seas are also connected to the “oceans”, but are much smaller in size and are located near or surrounded closely by land. Nevertheless, “oceans” and seas are identified on maps and are still a reference for those who travel. Knowing where the “oceans” are located is relatively easy (after all, they are huge…), but knowing the location of the seas is more challenging.
There are five “oceans”. The 3 most well-known are: the Atlantic (between America, on one side, and Europe and Africa, on the other side), the Pacific (between America, on one side, and Asia and Oceania, on the other side), the Indian (south of India and between Africa, on one side, and Southern Asia and Oceania, on the other side). Then, there is the Arctic Ocean (where the North Pole is situated) and the Southern Ocean (circulating the Antarctica continent). Easy-peasy.
Some seas are pretty easy to locate because they are named after the nearby land, like Sea of Japan, Philippine Sea, Solomon Sea, Arabian Sea, Norwegian Sea, East China Sea, South China Sea, Timor Sea, Tasman Sea, and Greenland Sea.
Seas that are named after a certain region may be a little more difficult to locate (you need to know where that region is), but it can also be very straightforward. For example, the Mediterranean Sea is located between Southern Europe and North Africa. It is a well-known region especially because of its unique diet, which is an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity . The Caribbean Sea is also easy: between the Caribbean Islands of Central America (just remember the pirates). The North Sea is related to the North of Europe: it is situated between UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway. A little more difficult is the Baltic Sea because you need to know that the Baltic countries are Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, although Finland, Sweden, and Poland (and little bit of Russia) also surrounds it.
Then, there are the “colour seas”:
. the Black Sea, between Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, and Bulgaria;
. the Red Sea, a very long and somewhat narrow sea that divides Africa and the Middle East, with Egypt on one side and Saudi Arabia on the other;
. the Yellow Sea, connecting the coast of China, North Korea, and South Korea with the East China Sea;
. the White Sea, up in the North of Russia, not far from Finland.
These are the “easy” ones. The others you will need to figure out. Do you know where are following situated?
- Dead Sea
- Adriatic Sea
- Bering Sea
- Aegean Sea
- Coral Sea
- Barents Sea
- Labrador Sea
- Andaman Sea