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Definition of the noun adriatic sea

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  1. an arm of the Mediterranean between Slovenia and Croatia and Montenegro and Albania on the east and Italy on the west


The Adriatic Sea is a body of water separating the Italian Peninsula from the Balkan peninsula and the Apennine Mountains from the Dinaric Alps and adjacent ranges. The Adriatic is the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea, extending from the Strait of Otranto to the northwest and the Po Valley. The countries with coasts on the Adriatic are Italy, Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Slovenia. The Adriatic contains over 1,300 islands, mostly located along its eastern, Croatian, coast. It is divided into three basins, the northern being the shallowest and the southern being the deepest, with a maximum depth of 1,233 metres. The Otranto Sill, an underwater ridge, is located at the border between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. The prevailing currents flow counterclockwise from the Strait of Otranto, along the eastern coast and back to the strait along the western coast. Tidal movements in the Adriatic are slight, although larger amplitudes are known to occur occasionally. The Adriatic's salinity is lower than the Mediterranean's because the Adriatic collects a third of the fresh water flowing into the Mediterranean, acting as a dilution basin.

  • also known as Јадран, Jadran, Sinje more, Mare Hadriaticum, 亚得里亚海
  • part of Mediterranean Sea

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Google previewEncyclopedia of World Geography (2005)

by R. W. McColl

The Adriatic Sea, between Italy and the Balkan Peninsula, is important for tourism and fishing tuna, sardines, and lobster.

THE ADRIATIC SEA (in Italian “Mar Adriatico,” in Serbian “Jadransko more”) is a northwest-to-southeast arm of the ...

Google previewAll Things Julius Caesar: An Encyclopedia of Caesar's World and Legacy [2 volumes] (2014)

An Encyclopedia of Caesar's World and Legacy by Michael Lovano

Instead, the Adriatic Sea was the major “highway” between Italy and Greece, whether for trade, leisure travel, or military operations. The Adriatic is part of the larger Mediterranean Sea; it stretches northward about 500 miles, dividing the Italian ...

Google previewBritannica Student Encyclopedia (2014)

by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc

The Adriatic Sea separates Italy from the Balkan Peninsula of eastern Europe. It was probably named after the port town ofAdria, which prospered during ancient Roman times. The Adriatic is about 500 miles (800 kilometers) long and has an ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environmental Science (2000)

by John F. Mongillo, Linda Zierdt-Warshaw

Slovenia Mediterranean Sea The Adriatic Sea is located in the northern section of the Mediterranean Sea which is subject to periodic water pollution from algal blooms. The Adriatic Sea is very narrow and shallow along the Italian coast.

Google previewEarth's Landscape: An Encyclopedia of the World's Geographic Features [2 volumes] (2015)

An Encyclopedia of the World's Geographic Features by Joyce A. Quinn, Susan L. Woodward

The Apennine Mountains form the backbone of the Italian peninsula and a continuous topographic barrier between the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west. The uplift of the range is responsible for the unique shape of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Islands (2009)

by Rosemary G. Gillespie, D. A. Clague

Balearic Basin Alboran Sea Ligurian Sea Tyrrhenian Sea Adriatic Sea Ionian Sea Aegean Sea Levantine Sea Sardino- Balearic Abyssal Plain Tyrrhenian Abyssal Plain Corsica Sardinia V a le n c ia T r o u g h Languedoc Spain France Italy ...

Google previewThe British encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of arts and sciences (1809)

by William Nicholson

Donati, in an Italian work, containing an essay towards a natural history of the Adriatic Sea, has related many curious observations on this subject ; having carefully examined the soil and productions of the various countries that surround ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire (2009)

by Ga ́bor A ́goston, Bruce Alan Masters

Adriatic Sea The Adriatic Sea, known to the Ottomans as the Gulf of Venice, is the large body of water located on the eastern side of Italy that separates the Apennine peninsula from the Balkan peninsula. The Ottomans began to recognize the ...

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