The Bismarck Sea lies in the southwestern Pacific Ocean to the north of the island of Papua New Guinea and to the south of the Bismarck Archipelago and Admiralty Islands. Like the Bismarck archipelago, it is named in honour of the German chancellor Otto von Bismarck. The Bismarck archipelago extends round to the east and north of the sea, enclosing the Bismarck Sea and separating it from the Pacific Ocean. To the south it is linked to the Solomon Sea by the Vitiaz Strait.
It was the site of a major Japanese naval defeat in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea during World War II on 3 and 4 March 1943.
Ulawun Volcano and Lolobau Island
The International Hydrographic Organization defines the Bismarck Sea as "that area of the South Pacific Ocean off the Northeast coast of New Guinea", with the following limits:
On the North and East. By the Northern and Northeastern coasts of the islands of New Ireland, New Hanover, the Admiralty Islands, Hermit Island, and the Ninigo Group, through Manu and Aua Islands to Wuvulu Island and thence a line to Baudissin Point in New Guinea (142°02'E).
On the Southeast. A line from the Southern point of New Ireland along the parallel of 4°50' South to the coast of New Britain, along its Northern coast and thence a line from its Western extreme through the Northern point of Umboi Island to Teliata Point, New Guinea (5°55′S 147°24′E / 5.917°S 147.400°E).
On the Southwest. By the Northeast coast of New Guinea.
Recent explorations in the Bismarck Sea seabed have yielded discoveries of mineral-rich beds of sulfides, copper, zinc, silver and gold. These findings are especially important because they lie in shallow, calm waters. Papua New Guinea owns the mining rights to these minerals under international law.
Coordinates: 4°S 148°E / 4°S 148°E
Thu, 28 Nov 2013 21:26:15 -0800
Nautilus has licences around Bismarck Sea and the Woodlark areas and parts of the Solomon Islands. The operation will explore for deposits and will do “target testing” using remote operated vehicle (ROV) to test for metal content. The company's ...
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Mon, 11 Nov 2013 00:01:09 -0800
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Madang, nestling against the warm waters of the Bismarck Sea on PNG's north coast, provides welcome respite after the nervous excitement of the Highlands. Dubbed the 'prettiest town in the Pacific', Madang is PNG's leading tourist destination with a ...
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:33:45 -0800
... LST 34 to Cuba, then the day-long float through the Panama Canal; Bougainville in the Solomon Island; Wallace Island; San Diego; Camp Pendleton with the 4th Marines; Australia, New Guinea; the Bismarck Sea; Coral Sea; Manicani; Tacloban; Hawaii; ...
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