The Bahamas and the Sea of Okhotsk

The Bahamas and the Sea of Okhotsk


The Sea of Okhotsk and the Bahamas are both areas of the ocean that have very distinct surface water traits. However, they are each different in respect to their location, temperature, salinity, and the nutrients present that provide production capability.
First, let's examine the surface water of the Bahamas. The water of the Bahamas stretches southeast of the Florida coast. The surface water of the Bahamas is a thin layer of fresh water. This fresh water layer is only found close to the surface, as underneath it is salt water. The Bahamas are filled with ocean holes, which are small lakes of saltwater that are connected with the ocean. The ...

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of the most productive oceans in the world because it is specifically located in a place where deep water upwells, supplying nutrients to the surface water (Woods Hole, para. 1). Unlike the surface waters of the Bahamas, large amounts of fresh water flow into the sea from the continents around the sea, which makes the water very shallow and the salinity of the surface water lower than that of almost any other ocean. Because of the low salinity, ice forms easily on the sea during the winter. In the spring, water from the Amur River and melting sea ice create a surface environment with an increased carbonate production, which results in more growth and nutrients on the top layer of the water.


Works Cited

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Geology and Geophysics. 26 Jan. 2004 http://www.whoi.edu/science/GG/dept/projects/projects_iceland.htm.

Nasda. "Monitoring Sea Ice in the Sea of Okhotsk with the Use of Synthetic Aperture Radar." Nasda Report No. 104 Feb. 2001. 26 Jan. ...

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