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Irminger Sea

Irminger Sea
The South East Greenland town of Tasiilaq is located on the coast of the Irminger Sea
Type Sea
Basin countries Greenland, Iceland
Max. length 480 km (300 mi)
Surface area 300,000 sq mi (780,000 km2)
References [1]

The Irminger Sea is a marginal sea of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is 480 km long and 290 km wide at its narrowest. The northern limit is the Greenland-Iceland Rise on the bottom of the Denmark Strait between Iceland and East Greenland, which connects to the Greenland Sea. To the southwest, it reaches to Cape Farvel, the southern tip of Greenland, and meets the Labrador Sea at this point. South of this point is the open North Atlantic Ocean. The sea floor of the Irminger Sea is largely part of the Irminger Basin, a northeastern continuation of the maximally 4600 m deep Labrador Basin, which on the east is bordered by the Reykjanes Ridge. This delineation is oceanographic only and does not represent any official borders. The Irminger Sea is one of the main fishing areas of the Rose fish.

The Irminger Sea was named after Danish vice-admiral Carl Ludvig Christian Irminger (1802–1888), after whom also the Irminger Current was named.[2]


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  2. ^ Kommandør Axel Fiedler: „Om Irminger Havets og Irmingerstrømmens navn“. Søværnsorientering Nr. 1, March 2003 PDF • Google-HTML-Version

External links

  • Map of Irminger Sea

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