Strait of Sicily

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For waters separating Sicily from Italy, see Strait of Messina.

Coordinates: 37°12′N 11°12′E / 37.20°N 11.20°E / 37.20; 11.20

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The Strait of Sicily[1][2] is the strait between Sicily and Tunisia. The strait is about 145 kilometres (90 mi) wide; and divides the Tyrrhenian Sea and the western Mediterranean Sea, from the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The maximum depth is 316 meters (1,037 ft).

Deep currents in the strait flow from east to west; and the current nearer the surface travels from west to east. The unusual water flow is of interest to oceanographers.

The island of Pantelleria lies in the middle of the strait.

A list of common name variations of "Strait of Sicily" in English includes: Sicilian Strait, Sicilian Channel, Channel of Sicily, Sicilian Narrows and Pantelleria Channel.

In Italian it is known as the Canale di Sicilia or the Stretto di Sicilia.

In Sicilian it is known as: Canali di Sicilia or Strittu di Sicilia.

In French it is known as: Canal de Sicile, Cape Bon Channel, Cap Bon Channel, or Kélibia Channel.

Kelibia (written in Arabic as قليبية) is in the land of Tunisia, and borders the southern part of the Strait of Sicily. Cape Bon is the peninsula in Tunisia, that extends farthest toward Sicily, and into the Strait of Sicily.

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  1. ^ Strait of Sicily, Britannica Atlas, Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (U.S.A.), 1989. Page 36, Geographic coordinates 37.20N 11.20E.
  2. ^ Scott C. Truver (1980), The Strait of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean, Springer, 1st edition.