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The Norwegian Sea

A sea is a large body of saltwater that is surrounded in part or whole by land.

Although people use the terms ocean and sea interchangeably they are different.

The difference between them is that seas are smaller than oceans and are usually located where the land and ocean meet.

The Norwegian Sea is one of the seas on earth, it is located northwest of Norway in the Atlantic Ocean between the North Sea and the Greenland Sea.

It is believed that the Norwegian Sea was formed when the North American Plate and the Eurasian plate began to separate roughly around 250 million years ago.

Norwegian Sea Facts for Kids

  • Rich deposits of oil and natural gas are found under the Norwegian Sea and are being explored to provide electricity and fuel for vehicles.
  • The Norwegian Sea is home to about twenty species of whales among which are the orca whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and sei whales. Other large animals found on the sea are hooded and harp seals and squid.
  • The surface area of the Norwegian Sea is 1.383 million km2 which makes it larger than the Asian country of Japan and the European country of Spain combined.
  • Due to strong currents and temperate waters, the Norwegian Sea is ice-free throughout the year
  • The water volume of the Norwegian Sea is 2,000,000km3
  • The average depth of the Norwegian Sea is 2,000m with the maximum depth being 3,970m. If the three highest mountain in England (Scafell Pike, Sca Fell, and Helvellyn) were all thrown in the deepest part of the Norwegian Sea they would be completely swallowed.
  • Norway, Iceland, and Denmark share the territorial water of the Norwegian Sea, with the largest part belonging to Norway, the name of the sea itself is an allusion to that.
  • The Fram Strait connects the Norwegian Sea connects to the Arctic Ocean and the Greenland Sea.
  • Waterfowl found around the Norwegian Sea include guillemot, kittiwake, gulls, auks, cormorants, gannets, fulmars, and puffin.
  • Coral reefs protect our sea coast from waves, storms, and floods. They also provide habitats for many marine organisms like fish, lobster, and shrimps. Coral reefs are higher in the Norwegian Sea than anywhere in the world.
  • The Norwegian Sea was once believed to be the edge of the world, there were legends created about monsters called Kraken that were believed to be to responsible for missing ships around the area.

 

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Facts for Kids

What did you learn?

Question: What connects the Norwegian Sea to the Arctic Ocean and the Greenland Sea?

Answer: The Fram Strait

Question: What is the function of the coral reefs and where are they found the highest?

Answer: Coral reefs provide habitats for many marine organisms like fish, lobster, and shrimps. They also protect our sea coast from waves, storms, and floods. They are found the highest in the Norwegian Sea.

Question: What is the surface area of the Norwegian Sea?

Answer: The surface area of the Norwegian Sea is 1.383 million km2

Question: How many countries share the territorial water of the Norwegian Sea and what are the countries?

Answer: The territorial water of the Norwegian Sea is shared by three countries and they areNorway, Iceland, and Denmark

Question: What is the volume of water of the Norwegian Sea?

Answer The volume of water of the Norwegian Sea is 2,000,000km3

Question: What is the average and deepest depth of the Norwegian Sea?

Answer: The average depth of the Norwegian Sea is 2,000m and the maximum depth is 3,970m

Question: Apart from fishes what other animal is found in the Norwegian Sea?

Answer: Animals Found in the Norwegian Sea are the whales, hooded and harp seals, and squid.

Question: What natural resources can be found in the Norwegian Sea?

Answer: The natural resources found in the Norwegian Sea are oil and natural gas.