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Gallery 2 > On Location (Abroad) > Western Mediterranean
01. Corsican Coastline
02. Cap d' Artrutx Lighthouse, Menorca
03. Cap d' Artrutx, Menorca
04. Mediterranean Sunset
17. Colosseum, Rome, Italy
18. St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy
19. Naples Dock, Italy
20. Vesuvius & Bay of Naples, Italy
13. Squeezebox, Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy
14. Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy
15. St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy
16. Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
09. Ajaccio Marina, Corsica
10. Ajaccio Marina, Corsica
11. Cala Galdana, Menorca
12. Fornells Marina, Menorca
05. Rooftops of Cagliari, Sardinia
06. Souvenirs Of Sorrento, Italy
07. Palma Marina, Mallorca
08. Paragliding, Monte Toro, Minorca
21. Amalfi, Italy
22. Amalfi, Italy
23. Amalfi Cathedral, Italy
24. Amalfi, Italy
The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by the Mediterranean region and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Southern Europe and Anatolia, on the south by North Africa, and on the east by the Levant. The sea is sometimes considered a part of the Atlantic Ocean, although it is usually identified as a separate body of water.
The name Mediterranean is derived from the Latin mediterraneus, meaning "inland" or "in the middle of the land" (from medius, "middle" and terra, "land"). It covers an approximate area of 2.5 million km² (965,000 sq mi), but its connection to the Atlantic (the Strait of Gibraltar) is only 14 km (8.7 mi) wide. The Strait of Gibraltar is a narrow strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates Gibraltar and Spain in Europe from Morocco in Africa. In oceanography, it is sometimes called the Eurafrican Mediterranean Sea or the European Mediterranean Sea to distinguish it from mediterranean seas elsewhere.
The Mediterranean Sea has an average depth of 1,500 m (4,900 ft) and the deepest recorded point is 5,267 m (17,280 ft) in the Calypso Deep in the Ionian Sea.
It was an important route for merchants and travellers of ancient times that allowed for trade and cultural exchange between emergent peoples of the region. The history of the Mediterranean region is crucial to understanding the origins and development of many modern societies.
The countries with coastlines on the Mediterranean Sea are Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Monaco, Montenegro, Northern Cyprus (recognized only by Turkey), Palestinian territories, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Turkey, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom (Gibraltar and British Cyprus).