- Philippine Sea
The Philippine Sea is a
marginal seaeast and north of the Philippinesoccupying an estimated surface areaof 90, 000 mi² (1, 000, 000 km²)cite web|url= Philippine sea is the largest... please compare it into the south china sea.......
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/456389/Philippine-Sea|title= Philippine Sea|accessdate= 2008-08-12|publisher= Encyclopædia Britannica Online] on the western part of the
North Pacific Ocean[ North Pacific Ocean] . It is bordered by the Philippine Islands( Luzon, Samar, Leyteand Mindanao) on the southwest; Palau, Yap, and Ulithi(of the Carolines) on the southeast; the Marianas, including Guam, Saipan, and Tinian, on the east; the Bonin and Iwo Jimaon the northeast; the Japanese islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushuon the north; the Ryukyu Islands(Okinawa, Miyako, and Yaeyama) on the northwest; and Taiwanin the extreme west.
The sea has a complex and diverse undersea
relief. The floor is formed into a structural basin by a series of geologic faults and fracture zones. Island arcs, which are actually extended ridges protruding above the ocean surface due to plate tectonicactivity in the area, enclose the Philippine Sea to the north, east and south. The Philippine archipelago, Ryuku Islands, and the Marianasare examples. Another prominent feature of the Philippine Sea is the presence of deep sea trench, among them the Philippine Deep[ Philippine Trench] and the Marianas Trench[ Mariana Trench] , the deepest point in the planet.
The Philippine Sea is bordered by the
Philippinesand Taiwanto the west, Japanto the north, the Marianasto the east and Palauto the south. Adjacent seas include Celebes Seawhich is separated by Mindanaoand smaller islands to the south, South China Seawhich is separated by Philippines, and East China Seawhich is separated by Ryukyu Islands.
Philippine Plateforms the floor of this seaand it subducts under the Eurasian Platewhich formed the Philippine archipelago. Between the two plates is the Philippine Trench.The Philippine Islands are tropical.
The Philippine Sea hosts an exotic marine ecosystem. About five hundred species of hard and soft corals occur in the
coastalwaters and 20 per cent of the worldwide known shellfishspecies are found in Philippine waters. Sea turtles, sharks, moray eels, octopuses and sea snakesalong with numerous species of fishsuch as tunacan commonly be observed. Additionally, the Philippine Sea serves as spawning ground for Japanese eel, tuna and different whalespecies.cite web|url= http://www.lighthouse-foundation.org/index.php?id=140&L=1|title= Philippine Sea|accessdate= 2008-08-12|publisher= Lighthouse Foundation]
In June 1944 the
Battle of the Philippine Sea, a very large and decisive World War IInaval battle between Japanand the United States, took place in the eastern Philippine Sea, near the Mariana Islands.
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Philippine Sea — part of the W Pacific, between the Philippines & the Mariana Islands, south of Japan … English World dictionary
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Philippine Sea — geographical name sea comprising the waters of the W Pacific E of & adjacent to the Philippine Islands … New Collegiate Dictionary
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