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A sea generally refers to a large body of salt water, but the term is used in other contexts as well. Most commonly, the term refers to a large expanse of saline water connected with an ocean, and is commonly used as a synonym for ocean. It is also used sometimes to describe a large saline lake that lacks a natural outlet, such as the Caspian Seamarker.

List of seas

Atlantic Oceanmarker

Arctic Oceanmarker

Southern Oceanmarker

Indian Oceanmarker

Pacific Oceanmarker

Landlocked seas

Large/significant lakes, many of which are called "sea".

Bodies of water and their sizes

Rank Body of water Square miles (square kilometres)
1 Pacific Ocean
2 Atlantic Ocean
3 Indian Ocean
4 Southern Ocean
5 Arctic Ocean
6 Arabian Sea
7 South China Sea
8 Caribbean Sea
9 Mediterranean Sea
10 Bering Sea
11 Bay of Bengal
12 Gulf of Mexico
13 Sea of Okhotskmarker
14 Sea of Japan
15 Hudson Bay
16 East China Sea
17 Andaman Sea
18 Red Sea
19 Black Sea
20 North Sea
21 Baltic Sea
22 Yellow Sea
23 Persian Gulf
24 Gulf of California


  • The Sea of Galileemarker is a small freshwater lake with a natural outlet, which is called Lake Tiberias or Lake Kinneret on modern Israeli maps, but its original name remains in use.
  • The Sea of Cortés is more commonly known as the Gulf of Californiamarker.
  • The Persian Gulfmarker is a sea.
  • The Dead Seamarker is actually a lake, as is the Caspian Seamarker and the mainly dried up Aral Seamarker.


The term "sea" has also been used in quantum physics. Dirac sea is an interpretation of positron emission states that comprises the vacuum.

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