The Cantabrian Sea[a] is the term used mostly in Spain to describe the coastal sea of the Atlantic Ocean that borders the northern coast of Spain and the southwest side of the Atlantic coast of France, included in the Bay of Biscay. It extends from the cape Estaca de Bares in the province of A Coruña, to the mouth of the river Adour, near the city of Bayonne on the coast of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques in French Basque Country. The Cantabrian Sea contains the Avilés Canyons System.[1]

Cantabrian Sea
Cantabrian Sea is located in Spain
Cantabrian Sea
Cantabrian Sea
Coordinates44°01′56″N 4°21′02″W / 44.0323°N 4.3506°W / 44.0323; -4.3506
Primary inflowsAgüera, Asón, Bidasoa, Cares-Deva, Eo, Escudo, Miera, Nalón, Nansa, Navia, Pas, Pisueña, Saja-Besaya, Sella, Piles
Basin countriesSpain, France
Max. length800 km (497 mi)
Max. depth2,789 m (9,150 ft)

The sea borders 800 km (500 mi) of coastline shared by the Spanish provinces of A Coruña, Lugo, Asturias, Cantabria, Biscay and Gipuzkoa, and the French area of Labourd.

Coast of Ribadesella, Asturias

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  1. ^ Spanish: Mar Cantábrico; Galician: Mar Cantábrico; Asturian: Mar Cantábricu; Basque: Kantauri; French: Mer Cantabrique; Occitan: Mar Cantabrica.

References edit

  1. ^ Gómez-Ballesteros, María; Druet, María; Muñoz, Araceli; Arrese, Beatriz; Rivera, Jesús; Sánchez, Francisco; Cristobo, Javier; Parra, Santiago; García-Alegre, Ana; González-Pola, César; Gallastegui, Jorge; Acosta, Juan (1 August 2014). "Geomorphology of the Avilés Canyon System, Cantabrian Sea (Bay of Biscay)". Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 106: 99–117. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.09.031. hdl:10261/319903. ISSN 0967-0645. Retrieved 7 February 2024.