- Banda Sea
/bahn"deuh, ban"-/a sea between Sulawesi (Celebes) and New Guinea, S of the Moluccas and N of Timor.
* * *Bahasa Indonesia Laut Bandaportion of the western South Pacific Ocean, bounded by the southern islands of the Moluccas of Indonesia (Alor, Timor, Wetar, Babar, Tanimbar, and Kai on the south and Ceram, Buru, and Sula on the north). It occupies a total of 180,000 square miles (470,000 square km) and opens to the Flores (west), Savu (southwest), Timor (south), Arafura (southeast), and Ceram and Molucca (north) seas. The Banda Sea is divided into two basins separated by a ridge that is surmounted in places by coral reefs. The North Banda Basin is 19,000 feet (5,800 metres) deep, while the South Banda Basin is 17,700 feet (5,400 metres) deep. A volcanic ridge further divides the southern South Banda Basin from the Weber Basin, the deepest in the sea, at some 24,409 feet (7,440 metres). The active volcano, Mount Api, rises from the floor of the southern basin at14,800 feet (4,500 metres) to 2,200 feet (670 metres) above sea level. The clear waters surrounding many islands provide a perfect habitat for spectacular coral reefs.
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Banda Sea — [bän′də] part of the S Pacific Ocean, within E Indonesia, between Sulawesi & New Guinea, south of most of the Molucca group … English World dictionary
Banda Sea — The Banda Sea is the sea of the South Moluccas in Indonesia, technically part of the Pacific Ocean but separated from it by hundreds of islands, as well as the Halmahera and Ceram Seas. It is about 1000 km (600 mi) east to west, and about 500 km… … Wikipedia
Banda Sea — Ban′da Sea′ [[t]ˈbɑn də, ˈbæn [/t]] n. geg a sea between Sulawesi (Celebes) and New Guinea, S of the Moluccas and N of Timor … From formal English to slang
Banda Sea — geographical name sea E Malay Archipelago SE of Sulawesi, S of the Moluccas, W of Aru Islands, & NE of Timor … New Collegiate Dictionary
Banda Sea — /bændə ˈsi/ (say banduh see) noun a sea between Sulawesi and New Guinea, south of Maluku and north of Timor … Australian English dictionary
Banda Sea — /bahn deuh, ban / a sea between Sulawesi (Celebes) and New Guinea, S of the Moluccas and N of Timor … Useful english dictionary
Banda Sea Triple Junction — The Banda Sea Triple Junction is a geologic triple junction where three tectonic plates meet: the Indo Australian Plate, the Pacific Plate and the Eurasian Plate. It is located on the seafloor of the Banda Sea off the west coast of the island of… … Wikipedia
2006 Banda Sea earthquake — The 2006 Banda Sea earthquake was an earthquake that occurred in the Banda Sea region, at 16.58.48 (UTC) on January 27, 2006. Reports vary about the strength, with early estimates ranging from 7.2 to 7.5 on the Richter scale. This earthquake,… … Wikipedia
1938 Banda Sea earthquake — The 1938 Banda Sea earthquake occurred in the Banda Sea region on February 1, 1938, and was the ninth largest earthquake in the 20th century. It registered a magnitude 8.5 on the Richter magnitude scale, and generated intensity VII tsunamis up to … Wikipedia
2005 Banda Sea earthquake — The 2005 Banda Sea earthquake was an earthquake that occurred in the Banda Sea region, approximately 500 km from East Timor on March 2, 2005. Residents of Darwin felt the impact, despite the epicenter being located approximately 140 km away.… … Wikipedia