Why or Why not is the Gulf of Mexico an ocean?

i know it isnt an ocean but i need to know why it isn't.

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  • John
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Great question! Actually the Gulf of Mexico is considered a sea and a section of the Atlantic Ocean. IT is the ninth largest body of water in the world. Considered a smaller part of the Atlantic Ocean, it is an ocean basin largely surrounded by the North American continent and the island of Cuba. It is bounded on the northeast, north and northwest by the Gulf Coast of the United States, on the southwest and south by Mexico, and on the southeast by Cuba. The shape of its basin is roughly oval and approximately 810 nautical miles (1,500 km) wide and filled with sedimentary rocks and debris. It is part of the Atlantic Ocean through the Florida Straits between the U.S. and Cuba, and with the Caribbean Sea (with which it forms the American Mediterranean Sea) via the Yucatan Channel between Mexico and Cuba. Tidal ranges are extremely small due to the narrow connection with the ocean. The gulf basin is approximately 615,000m (1.6 million km). Almost half of the basin is shallow inter tidal waters. At its deepest it is 14,383 ft (4,384 m) at the Sigsbee Deep, an irregular trough more than 300 nautical miles (550 km) long. It was probably formed approximately 300 million years ago as a result of the sea floor sinking. There is evidence that the Chicxulub Crater was formed when a large meteorite hit the earth 65 million years ago which may have led to the Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction event. Geographically speaking, the Gulf of Mexico is not an independent ocean but rather a part of the Atlantic.That is the reason why its not considered a separate ocean. I hope this helps, :P

    • Kathy5 years agoReport

      Thanks for answering this. Was having a discussion with a friend yesterday and he was surprised (face-palming, actually) that I described Florida's east coast as "the Atlantic side." :/

  • 3 years ago

    Gulf Of Mexico Ocean

  • 4 years ago

    It should have been named the Sea of Mexico in this case. Think of the Mediterranean Sea. That being 2,400 miles across would seem like an ocean but it's not and its tides are much different with higher salinity. The Gulf of Mexico is a sea that connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans like all seas.

    • ben4 years agoReport

      Error, the Gulf of Mexico does not connect the Pacific Ocean directly. My mistake.

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  • Irv S
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Because when they were naming New World features, they

    were thinking big.

    (It doesn't deserve the term ocean, it's too bounded by one

    continuous land-mass, but 'Sea` at least, would be proper.)

    Since the names are already on the map it's a "Gulf',

    and that's all there is to it.

  • 3 years ago

    It IS ocean, it's part of the Atlantic Ocean, it's just not its own ocean. It is a gulf because it's too large to constitute a bay and is accessible through straits.

    1. Abbr. G. A large area of a sea or ocean partially enclosed by land, especially a long landlocked portion of sea opening through a strait.

  • Shana
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    I disagree with the foregoing, and claim that it IS part of the Atlantic. But I don't know a good way to resolve the issue.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Gulf of Mexico is not an ocean because it is a "GULF".../

    Source(s): DUH!!!!
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