Talk:Baltic Sea

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Notes[edit]

I'm not sure what Storebaelt is called in English. Great Belt sounds much more reasonable than Big Belt and Google yields more (and more plausible) results. I'll change it for now but it would be nice if some would look it up in a map or atlas. Thanks, Kosebamse 13:13 May 13, 2003 (UTC)

Hello. Well 10 years is no time :-) I have looked it up, because I needed to know in an other context and my Danish-English dictionary, says 'The Great Belt'. Lillebælt is 'The Little Belt'. RhinoMind (talk) 00:14, 2 December 2013 (UTC) (Im Danish btw)

Since you're talking about English, as a native English speaker i must say that it's rather shocking and seems inappropriate to see the Baltic called a "mediterranean sea". That may confuse English speaking people since the only sea the general public is aware of that is known by the term "mediterranean", is called The Mediterranean Sea and it is off the coast of North Africa. The only people who know or use the technical descriptive term "mediterranean", denoting a TYPE of geographical location, are people with a degree in geography and such. In the general parlance, we never, ever, refer to any other body of water with the word "mediterranean" --except among very well educated people in that specialty. In english, that is- and this is written in english, with a mostly english readership. Meat Eating Orchid (talk) 19:17, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

Demographics[edit]

The demographics section says that 15 million people live within 10 km of the coast, but then goes on to say that 90% of the 22 million people living in cities > 250,000 live within 10 km of the coast, which would give 19.8 million people in that area. Anyone know which number is more accurate? Sort of pedantic, but it looks pretty silly for the article to apparently contradict itself within a couple lines.

Attempt to improve images[edit]

I made an attempt to make the quality of the images in the article higher, mainly by rearranging their order so they fit better with respective section, added 1 and changed 1, and added more informative captions. My edit was undone (edit 562994722) by Horst-schlaemma who asked for a discussion about these changes first. So I'm wondering, are there any objections to any of what I did, or any other ideas on how the images could be improved to better fit the subject? Thanks. Yakikaki (talk) 12:59, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

Hi! I suggest that some of the images should be rearranged gallery-like. It's not that I'd oppose to your whole edit, still it should be discussed here if such a major change is under way. Let's see what main editors have to say here. Cheers, Horst-schlaemma (talk) 13:36, 9 July 2013 (UTC)
Hi again! Hm, there seems to be a limited interest in the issue or what do you say? Still, I think a few changes should be warranted. I think the pictures are quite good, many of them, but some should be placed in other sections (sections which they do illustrate) and I think the captions could be improved. For example, the picture of the Åland islands could be used an example of a rather typical form of archipelago which can be found in large parts of the Baltic Sea, both in Finland and Sweden. And I agree that some pictures could also be placed in a gallery. The question is what changes to do, concretely... I really tried to fix things a bit with my earlier edit, and as far as I can see it made the article more in line with MOS:IMAGES. I'm still unsure why it was reverted (but not upset, I'm sure there are good reasons). Please let's discuss how it could become even more in line with MOS:IMAGES. Cheers! Yakikaki (talk) 15:46, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Geologic history[edit]

According to the introductory section of Eric Christiansen's The Northern Crusades (Penguin, 2nd ed., 1998), what is now the Baltic was in prehistoric times a large freshwater lake, which only gradually (and thinly) became infiltrated with ocean water from the North Sea and the Atlantic. Christiansen dwells on this geological anomaly to help explain how the peculiar "brackish" character of the Baltic, being fed by many rivers and with few (two) narrow outlets to the North Sea, conditioned human development along its shores. Someone knowledgeable about geologic and marine history should add something of this to the history section. Sca (talk) 22:07, 30 August 2013 (UTC)