Ionian Sea


Ionian Sea
an arm of the Mediterranean between S Italy, E Sicily, and Greece.

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Part of the Mediterranean Sea lying between Greece, Sicily, and Italy.

Though once considered part of the Adriatic Sea, to which it connects by the Strait of Otranto, it is now considered a separate body. The Mediterranean reaches its greatest depth (16,000 ft or 4,900 m) in the Ionian south of Greece. Along its eastern shore are the Ionian Islands.

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Latin  Mare Ionium,  Italian  Mare Ionio,  

      part of the Mediterranean Sea, lying between Greece (east), Sicily (southwest), and Italy (west and northwest). Though considered by ancient authors to be part of the Adriatic Sea, the Ionian Sea is now seen as a separate body of water. In the Ionian Sea, south of Greece, the Mediterranean reaches its greatest depth (16,000 feet [4,900 m]).

      The Ionian is connected with the Tyrrhenian Sea by the Strait of Messina and with the Adriatic Sea by the Strait of Otranto. The Ionian Sea includes the gulfs of Squillace and Taranto (Italy) and Arta, Patras, and Corinth (Greece). The main Ionian ports are Syracuse and Catania (Sicily), Taranto (Italy), Kérkira (Ionian Islands), and Pátrai (Greece). The Ionian Islands lie off the western coast of Greece.

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