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Part of the Indian Ocean between Arabia and western India
Of the world's 4 or 5 oceans, the smallest one in area
World's 2nd largest ocean
160,000-square-mile arm of the North Atlantic separating the Scandinavian Peninsula from Europe
Arm of the Indian Ocean between India and Sri Lanka on the west, Bangladesh on the north, and Myanmar and Thailand on the east
Arm of the Atlantic Ocean bordering France from Brittany southward to northwest Spain
North part of the Pacific Ocean between Russia's Siberia and the U.S.'s Alaska, named after a Danish explorer
173,000-square-mile body of water bordered by Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania
Strait linking the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea
Part of the Atlantic Ocean southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and North America, east of Central America, and to the north of South America.
Strait on northeast shore of the Aegean Sea linking the Aegean with the Sea of Marmara
Body of water connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea
At 700,000-square-miles, the largest gulf in the world
Warm current flowing out of the Gulf of Mexico and northward up the Atlantic coast, then to Europe
316,500-square-mile inland sea in Canada--named for an English explorer
World's 3rd largest ocean
969,100-square-mile body of water surrounded by Europe, Africa, and Asia
Man-made waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
World's largest ocean
100,000-square-mile body of water called the Arabian Sea by the Arabs
176,000-square-mile arm of the Indian Ocean separating the Arabian Peninsula from Africa
Estuary, or funnel-shaped bay, between Argentina and Uruguay
Strait connecting the North Sea with the English Channel between France and England
Strait connecting the Atlantic with the Mediterranean Sea
Strait between the mainland and Tierra del Fuego Archipelago
118-mile-long waterway in Egypt joining the Mediterranean and the Red seas
Body of water connecting the Gulf of Mexico with the Caribbean Sea
50,000-square-mile arm of the Mediterranean Sea, separating the Italian peninsula from the Balkan peninsula
69,000-square-mile arm of the Mediterranean between Turkey, the island of Crete, and the Greek mainland
If one accepts 5 World Oceans, this would be the fourth in size
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Bodies of Water by Description Quiz
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May 4th, 2012 at 02:11 GMT
Whew! Took me until the last 2 remaining seconds to make the choice between the definitions of the Bosporous Strait and the Dardanalles. Super quiz.
May 4th, 2012 at 16:19 GMT
great quiz, really enjoyed it.
May 4th, 2012 at 22:21 GMT
Fun, although some sources indicate that the Southern Ocean is a 5th ocean.
May 5th, 2012 at 09:33 GMT
Thank you all for the comments...koopa08 thanks also for the note. I actually changed one clue, and added a Southern Ocean question. This will explain the anomaly in the results.
May 5th, 2012 at 11:52 GMT
I love this kind of quizzes. I really enjoyed it. Only Bering was a Danish explorer. He served the Dutch navy, but later joined the Russian. And for the Russians he discovered the area around the Bering sea.
May 5th, 2012 at 15:19 GMT
Hudson was Dutch; he sailed for the English.
May 6th, 2012 at 01:30 GMT
NeerlandsHoop and demonstah, thanks for the input. After doing a little research I changed it to Danish explorer. Any citation to the contrary would be appreciated.
May 14th, 2012 at 15:40 GMT
I'd eliminiate the "The" in front of "Southern Ocean" - it messes up the alphabetical order. Great quiz.
May 15th, 2012 at 13:45 GMT
Thanks jjjoseph, excellent call. Has been changed.
Sep 29th, 2012 at 18:11 GMT
The southern ocean is a joke for an ocean, IMO
Sep 29th, 2012 at 19:40 GMT
I actually have no opinion on the Southern Ocean...Will ask on Sporcle U if there is a standardized rule for it as there is for certain countries. That will be my final determination.
Sep 29th, 2012 at 20:00 GMT
If the Arabians call the Persian Gulf the Arabian Sea, then what do they call the real Arabian Sea?
Sep 29th, 2012 at 21:10 GMT
@SomeoneRandom: In Arabic, the Arabian Sea is Baḥr al-ʿArab (بحر العرب), the "Arabian Sea", and the Persian Gulf is al-Khalīj al-ʿArabī (الخليج العربي), the "Arabian Gulf".
Sep 30th, 2012 at 01:32 GMT
The hint about the Caribbean would be more precise substituting West Indies with Antilles.
Sep 30th, 2012 at 03:54 GMT
I'm glad my English Channel clue came before the North Sea clue because I definitely would have guessed wrong.
Oct 1st, 2012 at 13:09 GMT
@Colmar I got the North Sea clue first and did get it wrong. I'd change the clue so it's not just about size as the English Channel, Straits of Dover and North Sea all separate Great Britain from the European mainland.
Oct 1st, 2012 at 19:37 GMT
"between Greece, Turkey, and the island of Crete" ...well, given that Crete is a PART of Greece (and so are the cast majority of islands within the Aegean), it would be more correct if this read "between Turkey, the island of Crete, and the Greek mainland"
Oct 1st, 2012 at 21:14 GMT
naisel: Thanks for the suggestion. I am not an expert, by any stretch of the imagination. Looking at a map, and reading a couple of articles, I altered the definition, though a little differently than you suggested. Any comments, from anyone, would be appreciated.
Oct 1st, 2012 at 21:16 GMT
skye_eg: Thanks, point taken, hint altered.
Oct 2nd, 2012 at 02:44 GMT
This was a fun quiz, though I wouldn't consider the Gulf Stream to be an independent body of water. While the description is accurate, it just doesn't seem to fit in with the rest.
Oct 2nd, 2012 at 21:14 GMT
KRC: Thanks for the compliment and the suggestion. My thinking is that it does have to do with a body of water, so might not be out of place here. If people want it removed, they can upvote your comment, if people don't want it removed, they can upvote this comment. If your comment is significantly more upvoted than this one, I will remove it.
Oct 5th, 2012 at 12:01 GMT
'69,000-square-mile arm of the Mediterranean
Great quiz, nonetheless!
Oct 6th, 2012 at 12:45 GMT
Thanks wiggytitch for the catch and complement. Error has been fixed.
Game published: Oct 24th, 2012 at 15:00 GMT
Oct 24th, 2012 at 16:30 GMT
The Persian Gulf is often called the "Arabian Gulf" by Arabs. No one calls it the "Arabian Sea," since there is another accepted Arabian Sea.
Oct 24th, 2012 at 16:53 GMT
The English Channel is also called la Manche by the French. It will really annoy any French players that this is not on there as an alternative name. So don't change it whatever you do.
Oct 24th, 2012 at 17:08 GMT
I should have paid more attention when I was taking Geography classes in school. Getting only 17 out of 30 makes me feel like one of Jay Leno's Jay Walking contestants.
Oct 24th, 2012 at 18:05 GMT
22 of 30- I did better than I thought I would! Not a geography whiz.
Oct 24th, 2012 at 18:26 GMT
Thanks SpeedyJohn and Honest_John for pointing those out. Unfortunately, once a quiz is published, the quiz maker no longer has the ability to edit. But they are excellent suggestions. And thanks to Sporcle for my second publish! I am beaming with pride!
Oct 24th, 2012 at 18:27 GMT
Technically, the Arctic Ocean also connects the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea
Oct 24th, 2012 at 18:33 GMT
When I first saw this I was something like: 1. It's blue and wet. 2. It's blue and wet. 3. It's blue, wet, and big.
Oct 24th, 2012 at 20:47 GMT
@Honest_John: the French have their own names for pretty much every other body of water on the quiz too. It's a bit unfortunate for them that the quiz is in English, but hey, the French are already annoyed that not all the rest of the world speaks their language, so there's no harm in annoying them a bit more.
Oct 24th, 2012 at 21:42 GMT
This is the first I've heard of the "Southern Ocean" being official. I certainly never learned about it in school.
Oct 24th, 2012 at 21:56 GMT
I had always seen the word spelled Bosphorus, so I googled it and it seems that both are legitimate alternate spellings with Bosporus etymologically more defensible, but usage seems to be quite split. Transliteration of the ancient Greek from which the word derives would be Bosporus, but romance languages either spell it with the "h" or its spelling is derived from that - e.g. Italian where it is spelled Bosforo. The OED cites many usages of both spellings. So sorry for the interruption - now back to your sporcling, already in progress.
Oct 24th, 2012 at 23:26 GMT
@pgrossma: Not really. The North Sea basically stops at a line drawn easterly from the northernmost of the Shetland Islands to the coast of Norway. North of this is the "Norwegian Sea" which lies between Norway and Iceland (the Sea's full border is a line from Norway west to the Shetlands, then northwest to Iceland's eastern tip, northeast to Jan Mayen, northward to Svalbard, then southward to the northern tip of Norway). North of this is the Arctic Ocean. (The CIA Factbook considers the Norwegian Sea to be part of the Atlantic Ocean while the Greenland Sea--west of the Norwegian Sea but north of Iceland and extending westward to Greenland--is part of the Arctic Ocean. The International Hydrographic Organization excludes the North and Norwegian Seas from its definition of the Atlantic Ocean's "borders" and it excludes the Greenland Sea from its definition of the Arctic Ocean.)
Oct 25th, 2012 at 03:27 GMT
Of course, it's really just one giant body of water...
Oct 25th, 2012 at 05:57 GMT
Found this quite tricky. Only got Rio de la Plata and Dardanelles because the name of the former was so clearly Spanish, and therefore unlikely to have been between Greece and Turkey; I couldn't have picked either on a map.
Oct 25th, 2012 at 06:05 GMT
Any success I had on this is purely due to Patrick O'Brian and Jack Aubrey. That, plus the fact that I am an albacore.
Oct 25th, 2012 at 22:49 GMT
For the question "if one accepts 5 world oceans" I just picked the one that doesn't exist.
Oct 27th, 2012 at 02:04 GMT
Sporclitis strikes again: I can keep the Bosporus and Dardanelles straight, but miss the Mediterranean (borders Europe, Africa and Asia? Indian Ocean!)
Oct 29th, 2012 at 12:21 GMT
@Honest_John & ChileNoseJam : At first I was annoyed by the use of Straight of Dover, English Channel and Bay of Biscay, but I know where most of the people playing here come from, I can deal with it. That quiz was very interesting though. You have to be very careful in order not to make an easy mistake. A real elimination race.
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