Australasian Mediterranean Sea

The Australasian Mediterranean Sea is a mediterranean sea located in the area between Southeast Asia and Australasia.[1] It connects the Indian and Pacific Oceans.[2] It has a maximum depth of 7,440 m[3] and a surface area of 9.08 mil. km².


In contrast to the American Mediterranean Sea and Mediterranean Sea it is not surrounded by continents, only by islands and peninsulas. It includes the following seas:

States or territories with a coast on the Australasian Mediterranean Sea are: Australia, Brunei, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. It includes the straits of Malacca, Singapore and Luzon, and adjoins the peninsulas of Indochina and Malaysia. The following islands are located within it:

See also


  1. Jochen Kämpf (2010). Advanced Ocean Modelling: Using Open-Source Software. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 138. ISBN 978-3-642-10610-1.
  2. International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Global Marine and Polar Programme. (1 May 2015). Bridging the gap between ocean acidification impacts and economic valuation: Regional impacts of ocean acidification on fisheries and aquaculture. IUCN. p. 113. ISBN 978-2-8317-1723-4.
  3. Tomczak, Matthias & J Stuart Godfrey (2003), Regional Oceanography: an Introduction, ch. 13 ("Adjacent seas of the Indian Ocean and the Australasian Mediterranean Sea (the Indonesian throughflow)", pp. 220-8. Daya Publishing House. ISBN 8170353068 (pdf)

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