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Bismarck Sea
The Bismarck Sea lies in the southwestern Pacific Oceanmarker to the north of the island of Papua New Guineamarker and to the south of the Bismarck Archipelagomarker and Admiralty Islandsmarker. Like the Bismarck archipelago, it is named in honour of the Germanmarker chancellor Otto von Bismarck. The Bismarck archipelago extends round to the east and north of the sea, enclosing the Bismarck Sea and separating it from the Pacific Oceanmarker. To the south it is linked to the Solomon Seamarker by the Vitiaz Straitmarker.

It was the site of a major Japanese naval defeat in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea during World War II on March 3 and 4th, 1943, towards the beginning of the War.

Mineral wealth

Recent explorations in the Bismarck Sea seabed have yielded discoveries of mineral-rich beds of sulfides, copper, zinc, silver and gold. These findings are especially important because they lie in shallow, calm waters. Papua New Guinea owns the mining rights to these minerals under international law.

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