the Celebessee (or Sulawesisee) is 280,000 km ² a large marginal sea of the Pacific ocean. It is north the Indonesian island Sulawesi, in the west lies the island Borneo and in northeast direction the Philippine island Mindanao.
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the sea has the form of a basin. At the edges are narrow shelves, which drop over 6200 meters into the depth. It is part of an old oceanic deep sea basin that 42 million years ago one formed. For 20 million years the movement of the earth's crust the Celebesbecken presses toward the Indonesian and Philippine volcanos. 10 million years ago the Celebessee was inundated by continental deposits. Also coal of the fast growing mountains Borneos arrived in the sea and the basin pushed against the eurasische plate.
in north-south expansion extends it 675 kilometers and from the west of 837 kilometers toward the Sangi archipelago and the Talaud archipelago, behind it in the east is the Pacific. In the north lies the Sulu archipelago, which represents the border to the Sulusee. In the southwest the Makassarstrasse leads into the Javasee, in the south is the Molukkensee.
Over a system between the Celebesbecken and the Philippines ditch the water exchange with the Pacific ocean takes place. In the summer the monsoon wind presses the water over the Makassarstrasse into the Javasee.
in the Celebessee gives it a reichehaltige maritime still to a large extent unknown animal and plant world. Here 26 that comes altogether 78 world-wide well-known kinds of whale forwards and approximately 580 different Korallen. There is it dolphins, sea turtles, Barrakudas, Mantarochen, plentifully Thunfisch many other animals.
the Sulawesisee is admits for Piraten, which are equipped such as speedboats , radar and government inspection department with most modern technology and do not only attack Fischerboote, but also large container ships. In order to grant to the holiday-makers sufficiently protection, the Malaysian government shifted naval forces into the area, in order to preventthat Piraten endanger humans, as in the year 2000, when Philippine rebels kidnapped holiday-makers.
Coordinates: 3° 34 ′ 23 " n. Break, 121° 57 ′ 44 " o. L.