As our science classes in the early phases of school taught us, the earth is made up of 70% water, 95% of which is ocean water. This brings us to the subject of the entire ocean as we know it today. The ocean is divided up into five oceans called the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and Southern oceans.
With the Pacific ocean being the largest and the Arctic ocean the smallest, it is no wonder the second largest ocean, the Océan Atlantique, has been divided and now referred to as the North Atlantic and the South Atlantic. The divide is separated by the equator. The five oceans stretch over the seven continents which are North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica.
The Where and What of the Océan Atlantique
The Greek meaning of ‘Atlantic’ is ‘Sea of Atlas’ which is a direct relation to Greek mythology. The Océan Atlantique was the first ocean crossed over by ship in the middle of the 1850s. The North and South Atlantic are located between America and Afro-Eurasia and directly affect European weather conditions.
A part of the Atlantic ocean which separates northern France and southern England is called the English Channel. Today, it has become a busy seafaring lane. An underwater tunnel located underneath the English Channel was designed in 1988 but the project was only completed in 1994. This tunnel is now a working rail system linking the UK to northern France via the English Channel. It has become a huge success as Eurostar trains and freight trains frequent the tunnel on a daily basis.
The Hidden Gems of Océan Atlantique
The Atlantic does have a series of little islands scattered over both the South and North Atlantic oceans. Below, we provide insight into three relatively unknown yet wonderful islands that are perfect for holidaymakers.
This island is home to the most expensive crop of potatoes in the world. The high cost of such is due to this type of potato being nearly extinct. The tiny island is perfect for any couple wanting to get a little romance thrown into the holiday mix. Picture relaxing bicycle rides down one of the main cobbled paths called le Gois. There are only certain times you can cross over the le Gois as it floods twice a day.
Ile de Yeu
Based off the coast of western France, Ile de Yeu is famously known for tuna and lobster fishing. Tourists make their way to the island by ferry or airplane. You will come to find that this island is full of stone monuments and relics dating as far back as the 9th century.
Located on the Atlantic coast of France in the Bay of Biscay, this island is perfect for beachgoers and those who love camping. This little gem is famously known for the daily production of fresh oysters.
Now that you know a little more about the Océan Atlantique, book a holiday and get exploring!