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OAS seaname Detail for North Sea

seanames_id:94
Seaname:North Sea
Sea code:4
Definition:The limits of the North Sea, situated between the eastern coasts of the British Isles and the western coast of Europe, are the following: On the North: A line joining position 61 Degrees N - 0 Degrees 53 Minutes W , on the Hebridean Shelf, eastward, along the parallel of 61 Degrees N, to the coast of Norway (the common limit with the Arctic Ocean, see 9.). On the East: The coast of Norway, from the parallel of 61 Degrees N southward to Lindesnes Lighthouse (57 Degrees 58'55 Seconds N - 7 Degrees 03 Minutes E ); thence a line joining Lindesnes Lighthouse southeastward to Hanstholm Lighthouse (57 Degrees 07'20 Seconds N - 8 Degrees 36'40 Seconds E), in Denmark (the common limit with the Skagerrak, see 1.1); and thence from Hanstholm Lighthouse southward, along the coasts of Denmark, Federal Republic of Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and France, to Walde Lighthouse (50 Degrees 59'40 Seconds N - 1 Degrees 54'58 Seconds E), on the northern coast of France. On the South: A line joining Walde Lighthouse, in France, northwestward to Hope Point (51 Degrees 10 Minutes N - 1 Degrees 24'14 Seconds E), on the southeastern coast of England (see common limit with the English Channel, see 1.7). On the West: From Hope Point northward, along the eastern coasts of England and Scotland, to Dunnet Head (58 Degrees 40'20 Seconds N - 3 Degrees 22'30 Seconds W), the northern extremity of Scotland; thence a line joining Dunnet Head northward to Tor Ness (58 Degrees 46'40 Seconds N - 3 Degrees 17'30 Seconds W), the southwestern extremity of Island of Hoy, in the Orkney Islands; thence from Tor Ness northward, through Island of Hoy, to the Kame of Hoy (58 Degrees 55'30 Seconds N - 3 Degrees 23'40 Seconds W), the northwestern extremity of this island; thence a line joining the Kame of Hoy northeastward to Breck Ness (58 Degrees 57'50 Seconds N - 3 Degrees 21'10 Seconds W), on the southwestern coast of Mainland Island; thence from Breck Ness northward, through Mainland Island, to Costa Head (59 Degrees 09'15 Seconds N - 3 Degrees 12'50 Seconds W), the northern extremity of this island; thence a line joining Costa Head northeastward to Inga Ness (59 Degrees &-'45 Seconds N - 3 Degrees 01'18 Seconds W), on the southwestern coast of Westray Island; thence from Inga Ness northeastward, through Westray Island, to Bow Head (59 Degrees 21'35 Seconds N - 2 Degrees 57'25 Seconds W), the northern extremity of this island. thence a line joining Bow Head northeastward to Mull Head (59 Degrees 23'10 Seconds N - 2 Degrees 52'40 Seconds W), the northern extremity of Papa Westray Island; thence a line joining Mull Head eastward to Seal Skerry (59 Degrees 23'54 Seconds N - 2 Degrees 23'10 Seconds W), a reef off the northern extremity of North Ronaldsay Island; thence a line joining Seal Skerry northeastward to Horse Island (59 Degrees 51 Minutes N - 1 Degrees 19 Minutes W ), off the southern extremity of Mainland Island, in the Shetland Islands; thence from Horse Island northward, through Mainland Island, to Point of Fethaland (60 Degrees 38'20 Seconds N - 1 Degrees 18'25 Seconds W), the northern extremity of this island; thence a line joining Point of Fethaland eastward to Nev of Stuis (60 Degrees 39'30 Seconds N - 1 Degrees 09'15 Seconds W), on the western coast of Yell Island; thence from Nev of Stuis northeastward, through Yell Island, to Gloup Ness (60 Degrees 44 Minutes N - 1 Degrees 04'24 Seconds W) the northern extremity of this island; thence a line joining Gloup Ness eastward to Spoo Ness (60 Degrees 44'40 Seconds N - 0 Degrees 57'25 Seconds W), on the western coast of Unst Island; thence from Spoo Ness northward, through Unst Island, to Herma Ness (60 Degrees 50'30 Seconds N - 0 Degrees 53'50 Seconds W), on the northwestern coast of this island; thence a line joining Herma Ness northeastward to the southwestern point of Rumblings Islands (60 Degrees 514N - 0 Degrees 53'50 Seconds W) and, through these islands, to Muckle Flugga (60 Degrees 51'24 Seconds N - 0 Degrees 53 Minutes W ), all these being included in the North Sea area; and thence from Muckle Flugga northward, along the meridian of 0 Degrees 53 Minutes W , to position 61 Degrees N - 0 Degrees 53 Minutes W , on the Hebridean Shelf.
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Keydate:2000-10-24 04:00:00+00
Editdate:2000-10-24 04:00:00+00