North Sea

By Cole Hupp


Location: In between Scandinavia and the United Kingdom.

Borders: The European Continental Shelf. The countries it borders are Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Physical Features: The North Sea is 600 miles long and is 360 miles wide. The deepest part of the North Sea is 2,300 feet below sea level. There are also many trenches in the North Sea the deepest one is the Norwegian Trench.There are also very important rivers that flow into the North Sea, two of them are the Rhine River from Germany and the Elbe River also from Germany.

Population: Around 185 million people live on the coasts of the countries that border the North Sea. Many of these people live there for jobs like fishing.

Exports and Tourism

Exports: One of the biggest exports that comes from the North Sea is fishing and fossil fuels. There is also renewable energy and tourism.

Fishing: There are over 230 different species of fish that are caught here. Some of the majors fish that are caught are Cod, Shrimp, and Shrimp. It is also home to whales and dolphins. There also is 5 different types of seals that live there too. The fish that is caught here is sold all over Europe.

Oil: In 2013 14.4 billion Euros ($1.24 in American money) were spent drilling, shipping , and distributing oil from the North Sea. In 2014 13 billion was spent on the oil from the North Sea. The oil from the North Sea is very rare. The state that it comes makes it so companies don't have to refine it as much. It cuts down on their prices for refining oil.

Renewable Energy: On the coasts of the North Sea there are windmills that are put in the water. Winds from storms and oceans gusts create energy for people that live in coastal towns.

Tourism: The beaches of the German, Dutch, Danish, and Belgian are designed for tourism. They are very well know for they resorts and many international golf competitions are held on their golf courses. Popular sports there are windsurfing, sailing, and golfing.

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