Labrador Sea


Labrador Sea

Labrador Sea (French: "mer du Labrador") (60°00'N, 55°00'W) is an arm of the North Atlantic Ocean between Labrador and Greenland.

Water depths in the center of Labrador Sea are around km to mi|3.3|abbr=yesCite web|url=http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0004438|title=Labrador Sea|author=The Canadian Encyclopedia|authorlink=The Canadian Encyclopedia|accessdate=2008-02-03] and it is flanked by continental shelves to the southwest, northwest, and northeast. It connects to the north with Baffin Bay through the Davis Strait. [Cite web|url=http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9046724/Labrador-Sea|title=Labrador See|author=Encyclopædia Britannica|authorlink=Encyclopædia Britannica|accessdate=2008-02-03]

The Labrador Sea probably formed by sea-floor spreading that started around 61 million years ago and stopped about 40 million years ago. There is an earlier history of basin formation on all margins.

During the ice age, the North American ice sheet repeatedly collapsed sending armadas of icebergs into Labrador Sea. Rocks that melted from the icebergs today form a layer of drop stones (glacial erratics) on the bottom of Labrador Sea.

One of the world's largest turbidite channels runs N-S in the middle of Labrador Sea. Turbidite avalanches run down this channel for many hundreds of kilometers, many of them ending in very deep water off New England.

The Labrador Sea is the source of the North Atlantic Deep Water, a cold, highly saline water that forms in the Labrador Sea and flows at great depth along the western edge of the North Atlantic, spreading out to form the largest identifiable water mass in the World Ocean.

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