The BISMARCK SEA lies in the southwestern
Pacific Ocean within the
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea . It is located northeast of the island of
New Guinea and south of the
Bismarck Archipelago and the Admiralty
Islands . It has coastlines in districts of the
Islands Region ,
Momase Region , and
Papua Region .
* 1 Geography
* 1.1 Official boundaries
* 1.2 Mineral wealth
* 2 History
* 3 See also
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Like the Bismarck Archipelago, it is named in honour of the German
Otto von Bismarck
Otto von Bismarck . The
Bismarck Archipelago extends round
to the east and north of the sea, enclosing the Bismarck
separating it from the Southern
Pacific Ocean . To the south it is
linked to the Solomon
Sea by the
Vitiaz Strait .
Ulawun Volcano and
Lolobau Island in the Bismarck Sea.
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:
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.
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
Papua New Guinea owns the mining rights to these
minerals under international law .
It was the site of a major Japanese naval defeat in the Battle of the
World War II
World War II on 3 and 4 March 1943.