Strait of Sicily
|Strait of Sicily|
|Connects waters||Western Mediterranean|
|with water||Eastern Mediterranean|
|Separates land mass||Sicily|
|of land mass||North africa|
|Smallest width||145 km|
The Strait of Sicily ( Italian Canale di Sicilia , French canal de Sicile or canal du cap Bon , sometimes also called Strait of Tunis ) is a strait or sea region (Sicilian Sea) of the Mediterranean , between Sicily and Tunisia . It connects the eastern and western Mediterranean. Here the Libyan Sea merges into the western basin of the Mediterranean ( Sardinian Sea ) and the Tyrrhenian Sea . In the narrower sense, only the strait between Cap Bon and Mazara del Vallo / Marsala itself, the road in the sense of the less common expression "Sicilian Sea" is seen in the east as far as Malta and the Pelagic Islands . At its narrowest point, the Strait of Sicily is about 145 km wide. The strait has a maximum depth of 316 m.
Submarine plate tectonics
In the Strait of Sicily, the African Plate meets the Eurasian Plate , which due to plate tectonics leads to submarine volcanism . Examples of this are the temporarily active underwater volcanoes Ferdinandea and Empedocles .