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Bismarck Sea

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.[1]

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.[2]


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:[3]

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 / -5.917; 147.400)

On the Southwest. By the Northeast coast of New Guinea.

Mineral wealth[edit]

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.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bismarck Sea". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  2. ^ "Pacific War Maps". Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  3. ^ "Limits of Oceans and Seas, 3rd edition" (PDF). International Hydrographic Organization. 1953. Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Mineral Wealth of the Bismarck Sea". Scientific American Digital. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 4°S 148°E / 4°S 148°E / -4; 148

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Radio New Zealand
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:52:30 -0700

He told the paper that he can now say with confidence that he has seen the equipment and that seafloor mining within the Bismarck Sea will soon be a reality. The planned Bismarck Sea mining operation by Nautilus Minerals is expected to be the world's ...


Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:45:00 -0700

On 1st June 2015 Nautilus released an environmental and social benchmarking report on the proposed Solwara 1 mine in the Bismarck Sea of Papua New Guinea. “The purpose of the report is to reassure investors and the world that mining the sea floor is a ...
Reuters Africa
Mon, 08 Jun 2015 17:45:00 -0700

The dispute stemmed from negotiations over benefits paid to landowners near the mine, located in an inactive volcanic crater 900 km (550 miles) across the Bismarck Sea from Port Moresby. Newcrest said it suspended operations at the plant to ensure ...
Creamer Media's Mining Weekly
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:00:44 -0700

Using a trio of submersible robots, Nautilus was intent on recovering high-grade polymetallic seafloor massive sulphide (SMS) deposits at 1 600 m below the surface of the Bismarck Sea, within the Western Pacific Ocean's Rim of Fire. The operation aimed ...
NZResources.com (subscription)
Sun, 14 Jun 2015 02:56:15 -0700

An extra six months extension has been granted to the Papua New Guinea Government by Nautilus Minerals Inc (TSX: NUS; OTCQX: NUSMF) relating to the joint venture on developing the Solwara-1 seafloor massive sulphides project. In December last year, ...


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ABC Online
Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:11:07 -0700

The Nautilus project, called Solwara 1, is based in the Bismarck Sea, off the coast of Papua New Guinea. 'Solwara' is pidgin for saltwater. On the seabed, it's pitch black, acidic, and very cold. And just a bit spooky. 'It's sloping, fairly rugged and ...

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