The subsequent upheaval restricted direct communication with the open sea to the Danish channels, and the Baltic waters became fresher: the oyster disappeared, but a number of cold salt-water fishes and crustaceans, and even seals, became acclimatized. Most of the latter are in the Gulfs of Bothnia and Finland. Beneath these layers are masses of salter water, through which a thermal wave of small amplitude is slowly propagated to the bottom by conduction. (c) Bank water, 32 to 34 pro mille, which forms a broad edging covering the coast banks of Holland, Germany, Denmark and Norway. ", "Sturmfluten an der deutschen Ostseeküste", "Hydrogeography and oxygen in the deep basins", "The Baltic Sea: Its Past, Present and Future", "Land Use and Population Density in the Baltic Sea Drainage Basin: A GIS Database", "UFO at the Bottom of the Baltic Sea? There is a combination of both freshwater and marine species that call the Baltic Sea their home. The origin of the latter name is speculative and it was adopted into Slavic and Finnic languages spoken around the sea, very likely due to the role of Medieval Latin in cartography. Baltic is of peculiar interest. The rest of the land is heavily populated. Such inflows are important to the Baltic ecosystem because of the oxygen they transport into the Baltic deeps, used to happen regularly until the 1980s. Biodiversity. In the deep of these basins the temperature variations are smaller. Drogden Sill (depth of 7 m (23 ft)) sets a limit to Øresund and Darss Sill (depth of 18 m (59 ft)), and a limit to the Belt Sea. [27] Some marine species, like the Atlantic cod and European flounder, can survive at relatively low salinities but need higher salinities to breed, which therefore occurs in deeper parts of the Baltic Sea.[48][49]. Since May 2004, with the accession of the Baltic states and Poland, the Baltic Sea has been almost entirely surrounded by countries of the European Union (EU). In the great basins and hollows from Rugen to the Gulfs of Bothnia and Finland the upper layers of water, from 30 to 70 metres (16 to 38 fathoms) in thickness, have almost the same salinity throughout. The Baltic Sea has a lower oxygen and salt content in the water than the North Sea, the water temperatures are also below those of the North Sea and yet sharks also live in the Baltic Sea. At its southern end the Kattegat is blocked by the Danish islands, and it communicates with the Baltic proper by narrow channels called the Sound, the Great Belt and the Little Belt. The remaining non-EU shore areas are Russian: the Saint Petersburg area and the Kaliningrad Oblast exclave. Russia became and remained a dominating power in the Baltic. Since the Baltic Sea is so young there are only two or three known endemic species: the brown alga Fucus radicans and the flounder Platichthys solemdali. A line of levels from Swinemunde through Eger to the Adriatic showed the mean level of the surface of the Baltic to be o. Further north the pattern is inverted. It is known that freshwater input to the Baltic Sea and … sea m. (=611,700 sq. 499 metres (1.6 ft.) above that of the Adriatic Sea. Because of this large anaerobic zone, the seafloor ecology differs from that of the neighboring Atlantic. Of the nations containing all or part of the basin, Poland includes 45% of the 85 million, Russia 12%, Sweden 10% and the others less than 6% each.[41]. This description meant that the whole of the Baltic Sea was covered with ice. Fertilizer runoff from surrounding agricultural land has exacerbated the problem and led to increased eutrophication.[70]. From 1880 to 1980 inflows occurred on average six to seven times per decade. The biggest coastal cities (by population): The Baltic Sea somewhat resembles a riverbed, with two tributaries, the Gulf of Finland and Gulf of Bothnia. Warner, Richard. The Baltic Proper is bordered on its northern edge, at the latitude 60°N, by the Åland Islands and the Gulf of Bothnia, on its northeastern edge by the Gulf of Finland, on its eastern edge by the Gulf of Riga, and in the west by the Swedish part of the southern Scandinavian Peninsula. Sharks have adapted to these conditions during evolution. The ice then covered 400,000 km2 (150,000 sq mi). The circulation in the channels connecting the Baltic proper with the North Sea is of a complex character. The Convention covers the whole of the Baltic Sea area, including inland waters and the water of the sea itself, as well as the seabed. The water level is generally far more dependent on the regional wind situation than on tidal effects. The Baltic Sea is a mediterranean (intracontinental) sea of the Atlantic Ocean; it extends deeply into the European continent. (b) North Sea water, the predominant water in the North Sea area, of 34 to 35 pro male salinity. and Ger. The salinity of the Baltic Sea is not constant and tends to vary with the course of time, but it is definitely inferior to the North Sea (Hinkkanen & Kirby, 2000). The significant wave height is generally much lower than that of the North Sea. However, the processes that are of major importance are quite well known. A healthy serum concentration of sodium is around 0.8–0.85%, and healthy kidneys can concentrate salt in urine to at least 1.4%. The bank-water of 32 to 34 pro male salinity is found all along the continental coast of the North Sea and North Atlantic, and it may therefore enter the Skagerrak either from the North Sea or from the north along the coast of Norway. Freezing begins in the northern extremities of the Gulf of Bothnia typically in the middle of November, reaching the open waters of the Bothnian Bay in early January. The Polabian Slavs were gradually assimilated by the Germans. "[3], Historically, the Kingdom of Denmark collected Sound Dues from ships at the border between the ocean and the land-locked Baltic Sea, in tandem: in the Øresund at Kronborg castle near Helsingør; in the Great Belt at Nyborg; and in the Little Belt at its narrowest part then Fredericia, after that stronghold was built. [16] Today, fishermen occasionally find some of these materials: the most recent available report from the Helsinki Commission notes that four small scale catches of chemical munitions representing approximately 105 kg (231 lb) of material were reported in 2005. It is connected with the North Sea by the Øresund (the Sound), the Store Baelt, the Lille Baelt, the Kattegat, and the Skagerrak. Navigation is interrupted by drifting ice from about the middle of November to the beginning of May, though the port of HernOsand has been known to remain open during a whole winter. During the Crimean War, a joint British and French fleet attacked the Russian fortresses in the Baltic; the case is also known as the Åland War. The Baltic Sea is connected by artificial waterways to the White Sea via the White Sea Canal, and to the German Bight of the North Sea via the Kiel Canal. Freshwater species may occur at outflows of rivers or streams in all coastal sections of the Baltic Sea. The Gulf of Riga lies between the Latvian capital city of Riga and the Estonian island of Saaremaa. That the Baltic Stream must be a surface current, because it originates from a redundancy of fresh water. The land is still emerging isostatically from its depressed state, which was caused by the weight of ice during the last glaciation. Approximately 100,000 km2 (38,610 sq mi) of the Baltic's seafloor (a quarter of its total area) is a variable dead zone. It enters into all the deep coast channels, and into the Christiania fjord, but it is not always found in the deep channels of the Kattegat. Both appear to have evolved in the Baltic basin and were only recognized as species in 2005 and 2018 respectively, having formerly been confused with more widespread relatives. The Baltic Sea is the main trade route for the export of Russian petroleum. It is possible that Pliny refers to an island named Basilia ("the royal") in On the Ocean by Pytheas. This Norse-dominated period is referred to as the Viking Age. It's an urban legend spread by Reddit. [53] Several widespread marine species have distinctive subpopulations in the Baltic Sea adapted to the low salinity, such as the Baltic Sea forms of the Atlantic herring and lumpsucker, which are smaller than the widespread forms in the North Atlantic.[40]. About 85 million people live in the Baltic drainage basin, 15 million within 10 km (6 mi) of the coast and 29 million within 50 km (31 mi) of the coast. This finally happened during the Northern Crusades: Finland in the twelfth century by Swedes, and what are now Estonia and Latvia in the early thirteenth century by Danes and Germans (Livonian Brothers of the Sword). The ice cover is the main habitat for two large mammals, the grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) and the Baltic ringed seal (Pusa hispida botnica), both of which feed underneath the ice and breed on its surface. [13] Older native names in languages that used to be spoken on the shores of the sea or near it usually indicate the geographical location of the sea (in Germanic languages), or its size in relation to smaller gulfs (in Old Latvian), or tribes associated with it (in Old Russian the sea was known as the Varanghian Sea). 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