Balearic Sea

The Balearic Sea (endotoponym: Mar Balear in Catalan and Spanish) is a body of water in the Mediterranean Sea near the Balearic Islands.[1] It is not to be confused with the Alboran Sea or the Iberian shelf waters. The Ebro River flows into this small sea.

Islands and archipelagoes

Balearic islands are divided into 2 groups : Gimnesias in the North, and Pitiusas in the South-West.[2]

Gimnesias

Pitiusas

Extent

The International Hydrographic Organization defines the limits of the Balearic Sea as follows:[3]

Between the Islas Baleares and the coast of Spain, bounded:

On the Southwest. A line from Cape San Antonio, Spain (38°50′N 0°12′E) to Cabo Berberia, the Southwest extreme of Formentera (Islas Baleares).

On the Southeast. The South Coast of Formentera, thence a line from Punta Rotja, its Eastern extreme, to the Southern extreme of Isla Cabrera (39°07′N 2°54′E) and to Isla del Aire, off the Southern extreme of Menorca.

On the Northeast. The East coast of Menorca up to Cap Favaritx (40°00′N 4°14′E) thence a line to Cabo San Sebastian (Spain) (41°54′N 3°10′E).

References

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