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    In the section regarding geologic history, there is an error in calling the Georgian shoreline "western". Georgia is on the eastern side of the Black Sea.69.144.102.66 (talk) 01:59, 7 October 2009 (UTC)CGNA

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      In the section regarding geologic history, there is an error in calling the Georgian shoreline "western". Georgia is on the eastern side of the Black Sea.69.144.102.66 (talk) 01:59, 7 October 2009 (UTC)CGNA

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      Euxine Sea[edit]

      I have seen in the Hypo Dictionary that the Euxine Sea is mearly the Sea of Azov and not the entire Black Sea. Can you please advise which is the correct version ? Thanks for much kind assistance. Michael Komissar email: komissar@komissar.co.il 12:34, 25 January 2004

      Color pic of the B.S. region near Gagra, from 1915?[edit]

      OK, that seems peculiar to me! Was the technology to make a color pic like this really available in 1915? Or is this an old pic that was recolored much later? Or is the date wrong? Shouldn't the encyclopedia mention that the color's not natural if it isn't? Songflower (talk) 23:25, 6 January 2008 (UTC)

      Mediterranean or not?[edit]

      The Mediterranean article says that the Black Sea is not usually considered part of the Mediterranean, but that is all. Now, I am pretty sure there are some definitions in geography that can answer the question is the Black Sea part of the Med or not, but they are not mentioned anywhere in the article, or in this one. In any case, I was taught that the Black Sea IS part of the Mediterranean. So where lies the truth?--Mátyás (talk) 12:31, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

      No, it's not. It is separate sea (not part of it). However, both are part of the Atlantic Ocean. Diyan.boyanov (talk) 11:43, 13 August 2010 (UTC)

      Shipping[edit]

      Would someone be able to add some information about shipping in the Black sea? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.15.46.217 (talk) 21:58, 21 April 2009 (UTC)

      Compass[edit]

      The sentence "The reason for this color term may be an ancient assignment of colors to the direction of the compass" is enigmatic because the compass was unknown at that time. Could it be rephrased? Ceinturion (talk) 07:30, 22 May 2009 (UTC)

      I changed 'direction of the compass' to 'cardinal directions'. Ceinturion (talk) 23:11, 22 May 2009 (UTC)

      Fish[edit]

      Desperately need a section on fish! It contributes to the unique kitchen of the region. How can this article not mention anything about Hamsi, Kalkan, Uskumru, Palamut, and Flying Fish (sorry, I only know the Turkish names). I am hungry already! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 173.77.168.53 (talk) 05:40, 17 November 2009 (UTC)

      Well "hamsi" are anchovies but I suspect some of the others have no common English names. Suggest you just start writing the section but generalise it as e.g. "marine life". I see there is a bit in the Turkish wikipedia (I have no idea what a "pig fish" is!) you could translate and add here to get things started. Then others could come in and improve it. Jzlcdh (talk) 21:18, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

      Inland sea[edit]

      The opener currently describes the Black Sea as an inland sea. I don't see how it can be considered such if (as is mentioned later) it is connected to the open ocean by straits. Inland seas (such as the Caspian, Australia's lake Eyre, Great Salt Lake) are not connected to the open ocean.Ordinary Person (talk) 04:18, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

      Have you read the article Inland sea? This gives examples of several seas that are connected to the oceans. I'm not certain of the true definition, but I suspect that this other article is correct. Bazonka (talk) 08:16, 15 February 2010 (UTC)
      The inland sea article is a bit of a dogfight. Although an increase in sea level can cause new inland seas to form, so could lowering sea levels (e.g. a lowering sea level would result in the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf becoming an inland seas again. That article only mentions two existing bodies that it identifies clearly as inland seas: the Baltic and the Caspian (though it does mention the Black is a contender for largest body of brackish water.)
      The IHO does not appear to have a definition for it, so perhaps it is not a technical term at all. I'll be hornswaggled if I can understand why the Baltic would be regarded as an inland sea if the Mediterranean isn't. (scratches head)Ordinary Person (talk) 14:10, 16 February 2010 (UTC)
      I guess it's a matter of definition: THE Inland Sea has 4 connections to larger seas! If inland sea is defined as "a body of salt water not connected to the open ocean", then what is the difference between an inland sea and a salt lake? Preslav (talk) 15:33, 16 February 2010 (UTC)

      Tides[edit]

      I assume there are tides? How might the size and configuration of the sea affect those? Abductive (reasoning) 17:29, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

      I don't know about elsewhere but there are no significant tides here in Samsun. Jzlcdh (talk) 20:47, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

      Tides are almost unnoticeable in Albena, a Black Sea resort.

      Tides exists because of the moon gravitation -- it "pulls" the water towards it, which creates "high-tide" in the region closer to the moon. Check out this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tide. Larger seas are affected more, because more water is being "pulled". So, imagine the moon is above the Atlantic. Huge volume of water is being "pulled". When this "pulled" water reaches the shore, it "climbs" on the beach. So... the smaller the sea, the smaller the tides (generally; i guess topography is another factor). Diyan.boyanov (talk) 11:14, 13 August 2010 (UTC)

      Near Romanian coast[edit]

      I don't understand why those pictures of aquatic flora&fauna are all named "<name>, near Romanian coast". The same species can be found anywhere else in the sea. I mean, what if every single picture contains info about where it was taken?! Diyan.boyanov (talk) 11:29, 13 August 2010 (UTC)

      You're right - I've been bold and removed those words ~dom Kaos~ (talk) 11:15, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

      Name[edit]

      Here's a new article that might be useful:

      • Karatay, Osman (in press). "On the origins of the name for the ‘Black Sea’". Journal of Historical Geography. doi:10.1016/j.jhg.2010.08.018. 

      rʨanaɢ (talk) 19:39, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

      Residence time[edit]

      According to This book, the residence time for water in the Black sea ranges from about 4.8 to 625 years, depending on depth. I thought I read about that here once before. I like to saw logs! (talk) 08:42, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

      European bias?[edit]

      The Black sea is also connected to the Indian Ocean via the Suez canal and the red sea. It is more closer that way. 152.14.125.72 (talk) 01:49, 8 November 2013 (UTC)

      Svetovid related etimology[edit]

      I have found a new theory about the Black sea name. See Svetovid, the appearance section. Maybe is it worth mentioning on this page as well? Valugi (talk) 21:02, 24 November 2013 (UTC)

      In this article on Black Sea, countries around the Sea are mentioned alphabetically. It would be more useful if they were mentioned geographically in clockwise or anti-clockwise sequence.

      As this is Geographical article, political correctness should not be factor. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 140.211.8.16 (talk) 16:21, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

      Hydrochemistry[edit]

      This paragraph:

      Modelling shows the release of the hydrogen sulphide clouds in the event of an asteroid impact into the Black Sea would pose a threat to health—or even life—for people living on the Black Sea coast.[25]

      is rather lost. It needs some introduction about the conditions that lead up to this consequence. Is it because of the underlying rock? Dissolved gases in lower layers of the water? Something else? Without this it's just a random observation about a very rare event and there's nothing to indicate that it's a peculiarity of the Black Sea and wouldn't happen if an asteroid fell into some other body of water.

      Pstemari (talk) 16:42, 9 June 2014 (UTC)