10 Interesting Facts about the Black Sea

One of these following facts about the Black Sea would probably give you much information about it. The Black Sea is a sea in Southeastern Europe. It is bounded by Europe, Anatolia and the Caucasus, and drains through the Mediterranean into the Atlantic Ocean, via the Aegean Seas and various straits. The Bosphorus Strait connects it to the Sea of Marmara, and the Strait of the Dardanelles connects that sea to the Aegean Sea region of the Mediterranean. These waters separate eastern Europe and western Asia. The Black Sea is also connected to the Sea of Azoy by the Strait of Kerch. Furthermore, to get you to know more about this sea, below are some other facts about the Black Sea you might be interested in.

Facts about the Black Sea 1: Inland Sea of the World

Black Sea is one of the major water bodies and a famous inland sea of the world. It has been famous for a long time, mainly because of the name that denotes rather inhospitable nature of this sea. For a long time, the lack of hospitability of this sea was attributed to difficulty in its navigation

Facts about the Black Sea 2: Origin of the Name

One of the best and little known Black Sea facts is the origin of its name. There are various theories as to how this sea got to be called by this particular name. Of the many prevalent theories, there is one that says that the Black sea was called ‘the Sea’  for a long time before being called as the ‘inhospitable Sea’ before the Greeks took over its shore lines. Once Greeks made navigation through this sea very easy, the name changed from the inhospitable to the hospitable sea.

Facts about the Black Sea - Black Sea coast of Batumi, Georgia

Facts about the Black Sea – Black Sea coast of Batumi, Georgia

Facts about the Black Sea 3: Surrounded by Six Countries

The most interesting thing about this sea is its map. The map of Black Sea flaunts its 159,600 sq mi sea lying between South East Europe and Asia. This sea is connected with the Mediterranean Sea through Bosporus, the Sea of Marmara and the Dardanelles. It is an amazing feature on the map of Black Sea that it is surrounded by six different countries.

Facts about the Black Sea 4: Anoxic Water

One of the most intriguing facts about the Black Sea is its anoxic water. Black Sea happens to be the largest water body with a meromictic basin. This means the movement of water between the lower and upper layers of water in this sea is the least found anywhere in the world.

Facts about the Black Sea - Black Sea near Gagra

Facts about the Black Sea – Black Sea near Gagra

Facts about the Black Sea 5: Landing Point of Noah’s Ark

Another very interesting fact or perhaps rumor about the Black Sea is that the Mt. Ararat standing in the eastern Turkey along the coastline of the Black Sea is considered to be the landing point for Noah’s Ark. Since there is no concrete way of verifying this rumor, black Sea happens to be one the most famous ways for people to check out the rumored mountain for themselves.

Facts about the Black Sea 6: Exotic Smaller Island

The black sea is a house to many smaller islands all along its inland. These islands are about ten in number and are amazing store of fauna and flora that make this sea even more unique that it already is. These islands cover an expanse of three different countries, making each one a unique experience of its own.

Facts about the Black Sea - Map

Facts about the Black Sea – Map

Facts about the Black Sea 7: Rumors

The dead are believed to persist in waters of the Black Sea. Remains of ships and humans and other decomposable materials like ropes, wood etc can still be found at the bed of this sea, hundreds of years after their entry into the waters of the Black Sea. As thrilling as this fact sounds, the scientific explanation for it is that due to anoxic nature of the lower water layers of this sea, the process of decomposition is negligibly slow, hence, the persistence of remains of the dead inside the sea’s water.

Facts about the Black Sea 8: Same Water Level

Another one of the interesting Black Sea facts is that the water level in this sea always remains the same. Due to absence of any high or low tides, there is no fluctuation in the water level, making it a calm, quiet and serene sea on the surface.

Facts about the Black Sea - Sunset in Crimea

Facts about the Black Sea – Sunset in Crimea

Facts about the Black Sea 9: Favorite Destination for Cruises

In spite of all the mystery surrounding the Black Sea, the fact remains that it happens to be a very famous choice for tourists’ vacations all the year round. With its amazing destinations that include six countries, tour of the Mediterranean sea, intermediate sea, tourists spots etc, it remains one of the most famous picks for people wishing to enjoy some quality time on a relaxed laid back traveling experience.

Facts about the Black Sea 10: Modern Military Use

The 1936 Montreux Convention provides for a free passage of civilian ships between the international waters of the Black and the Mediterranean Seas. However, a single country (Turkey) has a complete control over the straits connecting the two seas. The 1982 amendments to the Montreux Convention allow Turkey to close the Straits at its discretion in both wartime and peacetime.

Facts about the Black Sea - Swallow's Nest, Crimea

Facts about the Black Sea – Swallow’s Nest, Crimea

Hope you would find those Black Sea facts really interesting, useful and helpful for your additional reading.

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