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OAS seaname Detail for South Atlantic Ocean

Seaname:South Atlantic Ocean
Sea code:32
Definition:The limits of the South Atlantic Ocean are the following: On the North: From the northern coast of Brazil, South America, eastward, along the Equator, to position O Degrees -6 Degrees 25 Minutes E (on the southwestern limit of the Gulf of Guinea, see 1.10); and thence a line joining this position southeastward to Cape Lopez (0 Degrees 37 Minutes 20 Seconds S - 8 Degrees 43 Minutes E), in Gabon, Africa (the common limit with the North Atlantic Ocean, see 1.). On the East: From Cape Lopez southward, along the southwestern coast of Africa, to Cape Agulhas (34 Degrees 50 Minutes S - 20 Degrees 00 Minutes E), the southern extremity of the Republic of South Africa; and thence from Cape Agulhas southward, along the meridian of 20 Degrees E, to the Antarctic continent (the common limit with the Indian Ocean, see 5.). On the South: From the meridian of 20 Degrees E westward, along the coast of the Antarctic continent, to the meridian of 67 Degrees 16 Minutes W. On the West: From the coast of the Antarctic continent northward, along the meridian of 67 Degrees 16 Minutes W, to Cape de Hornos (55 Degrees 58 Minutes 45 Seconds S - 67 Degrees 16 Minutes W), the southern extremity of Hornos Island, the southern island of Tierra del Fuego the common limit with the South Pacific Ocean, see 8.) thence from Cape de Hornos northward, along the southern and eastern coasts of Tierra del Fuego, to Cape Espiritu Santo (52 Degrees 39 Minutes 30 Seconds S - 68 Degrees 36 Minutes 30 Seconds W); thence a line joining Cape Espiritu Santo northeastward, across the eastern entrance of Magallanes Strait, to Cape Virgenes (52 Degrees 20 Minutes S - 68 Degrees 21 Minutes 20 Seconds W); and thence from Cape Virgenes northward, along the eastern coast of South America, to the Equator, on the northern coast of Brazil.
Citation:Limits of Oceans and Seas, 1986 (Draft 4th edition). IHB Special Publication 23, International Hydrographic Bureau, 203p.
Metadata version:0
Keydate:2000-09-13 04:00:00+00
Editdate:2000-10-24 04:00:00+00