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Saturday, 8 October 2016

North Sea

Before the adoption of "North Sea," the names used in English were "German Sea" or "German Ocean". The latter referred to the Latin name "Oceanus Germanicus", and they persisted even into the 1830s.

1482 recreation of a map from Ptolemy's Geography showing the "Oceanus Germanicus"

Rogue or monster waves of a freakish height were long thought to be mythical, but the first proven one was recorded in the North Sea in 1995 and was 25.6m (84ft) tall.

The Danish settlement of Rungholt on the island of Strand was sunk into the North Sea by a massive windstorm on January 16 1362. Estimates put the number of deaths at around 10,000 and the coastline shifted east.

Located 15 miles into the North Sea off the coast of Lincolnshire is a trench 318 ft deep and 30 miles long known as The Silver Pit — so called because when it was found in the 1830s, it was teeming with fish.

The oil company Phillips Petroleum made the first oil discovery in the Norwegian sector of North Sea on December 24, 1969.

Oil platform Statfjord A with the flotel Polymarine

Seven countries have a coastline bordering the North Sea: Norway, Great Britain, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

The line from Calais to Dover is the boundary between the English Channel and the North Sea.

Amsterdam is connected to the North Sea by the North Sea Canal, completed in 1876.

Source Daily Mail

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