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Baltic Sea. Location The Baltic Sea is a brackish mediterranean sea located in Northern Europe, from 53°N to 66°N latitude and from 20°E to 26°E longitude.

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1 Baltic Sea

2 Location The Baltic Sea is a brackish mediterranean sea located in Northern Europe, from 53°N to 66°N latitude and from 20°E to 26°E longitude. It is bounded by the Scandinavian Peninsula, the mainland of Europe, and the Danish islands. It drains into the Kattegat by way of the Øresund, the Great Belt and the Little Belt. The Kattegat continues through Skagerrak into the North Sea

3 Dimensions The Baltic sea is about 1600 km long, an average of 193 km wide, and an average of 55 m deep. The maximum depth is 459 m, on the Swedish side of the center. The surface area is about 377,000 km² and the volume is about 20,000 km³. The periphery amounts to about 8000 km of coastline.

4 Hydrography The Baltic Sea flows out through the Danish straits; however, the flow is complex. A surface layer of brackish water discharges 940 km³ per year into the North Sea. Due to the difference in salinity, a sub- surface layer of more saline water moving in the opposite direction brings in 475 km³ per year. It mixes very slowly with the upper waters, resulting in a salinity gradient from top to bottom, with most of the salt water remaining below 40 to 70 m deep.

5 Hydrography The general circulation is counter-clockwise: northwards along its eastern boundary, and south along the western one. The difference between the outflow and the inflow comes entirely from fresh water. More than 250 streams drain a basin of about 1.6 million km², contributing a volume of 660 km³ per year to the Baltic. They include the major rivers of north Europe, such as the Oder, the Vistula, the Neman, the Daugava and the Neva. Additional fresh water comes from the difference of precipitation less evaporation, which is positive.

6 Demographics About 85 million people live in the Baltic drainage basin, 15 million within 10 km of the coast and 29 million within 50 km of the coast. Around 22 million live in population centers of over 250,000. 90% of these are concentrated in the 10 km band around the coast. Of the nations containing all or part of the basin, Poland includes 45% of the 85 million, Russia 12%, Sweden 10% and the others (see below) less than 6% each

7 Regional breakdown of the Baltic Sea

8 Baltic Sea basin

9 Salinity

10 The Baltic Sea's salinity is much lower than that of ocean water (which averages 35), as a result of abundant freshwater runoff from the surrounding land, combined with the shallowness of the sea itself; indeed, runoff contributes roughly one- fortieth its total volume per year, as the volume of the basin is about 21,000 km³ and yearly runoff is about 500 km³.

11 Salinity The open surface waters of the central basin have salinity of 6 to 8. At the semi- enclosed bays with major freshwater inflows, such as head of Finnish Gulf with Neva mouth and head of Bothnian gulf with close mouths of Lule, Tornio and Kemi, the salinity is considerably lower. Below 40 to 70 m, the salinity is between 10 and 15 in the open Baltic Sea, and more than this near Danish Straits.

12 Types of glaciers Ice folded bay: Bothnia, Finland and Riga, and lagoons and small bays. Ice thickness reaches 70 cm in the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia. Ice formed there in the coastal narrow belt, but in the central areas of each of these pools already in arrears only variety of so- called dense floes. pack ice. The sea begins to freeze first at the bank, in mid-November, and thawing in May, which was also observed in recent years. Islands, northern Baltic Sea, as Hiiumaa, Saaremaa and the archipelago at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in winter acquire a connection to the mainland, such as at the beginning of 2009.

13 Types of coasts

14 Land cover Baltic Sea coast are mostly covered by forests and open lands. Surrounded by greenery, the Baltic Sea is an interesting tourist destination. To a small extent are wetlands and glaciers. Ports and small resorts are the only aspect of urbanization.

15 Types of seabed in the Baltic

16 Biology Approximately a quarter of Baltics total area is a variable dead zone. The more saline water remains on the bottom, isolating it from surface waters and the atmosphere. This leads to decreased oxygen concentrations within the zone. It is mainly bacteria that grow in it, digesting organic material and releasing hydrogen sulfide. Because of this large anaerobic zone, the seafloor ecology differs from that of the neighbouring Atlantic.

17 Biology Plans to artificially oxygenate areas of the Baltic that have experienced eutrophication have been proposed by the University of Gothenburg and Inocean AB. The proposal intends to use wind-driven pumps to inject oxygen (air) into waters at, or around, 130m below sea level.

18 Mammals



21 Birds



24 Pollutions The biggest problem with the protection of the Baltic Sea is eutrophication. Its main causes are excessive loads of nitrogen and phosphorus that come from land in the catchment of the Baltic Sea, and areas outside it.

25 Pollutions The Baltic is one of the most polluted seas in the world. In 1973, the Gdansk Convention on Fishing and Conservation of living resources in the Baltic Sea and the Belts was signed. In 1974, seven countries bordering the Baltic Sea (out of 9) signed second International Convention in Helsinki on the Baltic. Nevertheless, the Baltic Sea still remains one of the most polluted seas in the world.

26 Beach in Swinoujscie

27 Beach in Kolobrzeg

28 Beach in Sopot

29 Ports in Poland Port of Gdynia - a commercial seaport on the Gulf of Gdansk, in the provinc of Pomerania and Gdynia located at Kashubian Coastland.

30 Ports in Poland Port of Gdańsk – a port which fulfills the function of commercial fishing, yachting, and which constitutes a large share of handling bulk cargo, mostly oil and petroleum products

31 Ports in Poland Port of Police – a commercial port specializing in handling of bulk commodities (phosphates, ammonia and other chemicals). In additional to being the port of Police, the port also plays the role of the fishing base.

32 Ports in Poland Port of Kołobrzeg – a seaport on the Baltic Sea, situated at the Parsęta river estuary. Commercial and fishing port which has a yacht harbour, fishing harbor and a ferry harbour. The port is a well-developed passenger port.

33 Ports in Poland Port of Władysławowo – a seaport on the Baltic Sea, in the northern part of the Pomeranian province, in the district of Puck, in Wladyslawowo. It is a typical fishing port with a marina and passenger harbour. Cargo facilities are also available at the port of Władysławowo. The port specializes in handing a wide range of maritime cargo and transporting a wide selection of goods.

34 Ports in Poland Port of Puck – a sea port on the Gulf of Puck, in the Pomeranian province, in Puck. It is a fishing port with its own independent marina. There is a fishing fleet based in the port. The port is also famous for expanding inland tourism and housing a water sports center.


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