|Oceanography of the Coral and Tasman Seas|
Rotschi, H.; Lemasson, L. (1967). Oceanography of the Coral and Tasman Seas. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Ann. Rev. 5: 49-97
In: Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review. Aberdeen University Press/Allen & Unwin: London. ISSN 0078-3218, more
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The Coral Sea extends between the Solomon Islands on the northeast, New Caledonia and the New Hebrides Islands on the east, and the coast of Queensland on the west while to the south it is limited by the Tasman Sea. To the northwest it communicates with the Arafura Sea by the shallow Torres Strait; at the Solomon Archipelago it opens on to the equatorial zone of the Pacific Ocean and comes under the influence of the central and tropical Pacific both in crossing the Archipelago of the New Hebrides and to the south of New Caledonia. The Coral Sea has a mean depth of the order of 2400 m with a maximum of 9140 m in the New Britain Trench. The Tasman Sea is limited to the north by the Coral Sea, to the east by New Zealand, to the west by the coast of New South Wales and to the south by Tasmania; in the south it is largely under the influence of the Antarctic Ocean and in the west under that of the central South Pacific. The maximum depth is 5943 m.