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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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The Maritime Executive

The Maritime Executive
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:22:30 -0800

The company plans to use the tools to cut and extract high grade copper and gold from the seafloor at the Solwara 1 Joint Venture's project site in the Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea, with seafloor production operations planned to commence in Q1 2018.

Bemidji Pioneer

Bemidji Pioneer
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:41:15 -0800

He served on the USS Bismarck Sea, which also operated in the Pacific. In Nov. 1944, the ship supported operations in Leyte, then moved to the Lingayen Gulf in Jan. 1945. A month later, they were sent to help with the invasion of Iwo Jima. George ...

Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:41:39 -0700

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Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:00:00 -0800

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NZResources.com (subscription)
Tue, 19 Jan 2016 04:00:00 -0800

The Solwara-1 project, in the Bismarck Sea, contains high grade copper and gold and other metals. The project is owned by Nautilus with the PNG Government as a minor partner. Nautilus said first equipment to be tested will be three seafloor production ...


Earthworks (blog)
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 08:04:13 -0700

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Earthworks (blog)

Earthworks (blog)
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:18:37 -0700

Canadian mining company Nautilus Minerals secured a permit from the PNG government to extract gold and copper from Solwara 1, a deep-sea basin of hydrothermal vents located in the Bismarck Sea. These vents release mineral-rich fluid from beneath the ...

The Maritime Executive

The Maritime Executive
Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:26:15 -0700

The mine site is approximately 30km (18 miles) from shore in the Bismarck Sea in around 1,600m (5,000 feet) of water. The site has indicated resources of one million tons grading 7.2 percent copper, five grams (0.18 ounces) of gold per ton, 23 grams (0 ...

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