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OAS seaname Detail for Gulf of Mexico

Seaname:Gulf of Mexico
Sea code:26
Definition:The Gulf of Mexico is an almost enclosed sea situated in the western extremity of the North Atlantic Ocean and bounded by the eastern coast of Mexico, the Gulf coast of the United States of America and the northwestern coast of Cuba. It is connected through the Straits of Florida with the North Atlantic Ocean in the East, and through the Yucatan Strait with the Caribbean Sea in the Southeast. The limits of the Gulf of Mexico in these straits are the following: On the East (in the Straits of Florida): A line joining the eastern end of Florida Bay (25 Degrees 13 Minutes N - 80 Degrees 30 Minutes W) southward and westward, through the Florida Keys and the shoals, to Rebecca Shoal (24 Degrees 34 Minutes 04 Seconds N - 82 Degrees 35 Minutes 10 Seconds W), and to position 24 Degrees 34 Minutes 40 Seconds N - 83 Degrees W, on the shelf edge - in such a way that all the narrow waters between the Dry Tortugas and the eastern end of Florida Bay are included in the Gulf of Mexico; and thence from position 24 Degrees 34 Minutes 40 Seconds N - 83 Degrees W southward, along the meridian of 83 Degrees W, to the northwestern coast of Cuba. On the Southeast (in the Yucatan Strait): A line joining Cape San Antonio Light (21 Degrees 52 Minutes N - 84 Degrees 57 Minutes W), the western extremity of Cuba, westward to Cape Catoche Light (21 Degrees 36 Minutes N - 87 Degrees 04 Minutes 30 Seconds W), on the northeastern coast of Yucatan, in Mexico (the common limit with the Caribbean Sea, see 1.11).
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