Side sea

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Minor seas are seas that are separated from the respective main sea by island chains or sea ​​ridges or that are cut off by mainland parts or peninsulas . Nebenmeer is a generic term for marginal seas , inland seas and Mediterranean seas .

Often parts of a secondary sea are also referred to as secondary sea . In this sense, for example, the Aegean Sea is a tributary of the European Mediterranean .

Types of secondary seas

  • Inland seas are secondary seas that are only connected to the ocean or another sea by a narrow strait (sea strait ) where the opposite bank can be seen with the naked eye. Sometimes the term is restricted to seas that are surrounded by only one continent.

See also

Individual evidence

  1. Duden online names the only criterion under inland sea : "[largely] enclosed by the mainland".
  2. a b Ernst Neef (Ed.): The face of the earth . 6th edition. VEB FA Brockhaus, Leipzig, p. 496 (first edition: 1956).