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Sargasso Sea

The Sargosso Sea is an are in the middle of the North Atlantic which is surrounded by four ocean currents. The Sargosso is bounded to the north by the North Alantic Current, to the east by the Canary Current, to the south by the NorthAtlantic Equitorial current and to the west by the Gulf Stream. The Sargasso Sea is the only sea that  is with out any shores.

The Sea is approximately 700 miles wide and 2,000 miles long. It stretches from 25 to 35 degrees north and 40 to 70 degrees west. The closest shore is Bermuda.

The Sea which is a deep blue colour and very clear was first discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century. Large areas of the Sea are are covered with seaweed (Sargassum). The sea is rich in marine life such as the Loggerhead Sea Turtles which use cuurents such as the Gulf strea to travel to the Sargasso Sea where they use the seaweed as cover from predators. It is also important to the European and the Americal eel. The larvae of both species hatch her before going to Europe or the east coast of the USA later to return to the sargasso sea to lay eggs.

Unfortunately due to the revolving currents the Sargasso Sea collects a huge amount of floating Biodegradable waste such as plastic, foam etc which Greenpeace have labled "The Trash Vortex"