Location in news: English Channel


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: English Channel

Mains level: NA

Hundreds of migrants have taken advantage of the warm weather and calm seas in the English Channel to reach the UK in a flurry of small boat crossings.

Try this PYQ:

Q.Which one of the following pairs of islands is separated from each other by the ‘Ten Degree Channel’?

(a) Andaman and Nicobar

(b) Nicobar and Sumatra

(c) Maldives and Lakshadweep

(d) Sumatra and Java

English Channel

  • The English Channel is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates southern England from northern France.
  • It links to the southern part of the North Sea by the Strait of Dover at its northeastern end.
  • It is the busiest shipping area in the world.
  • It is about 560 km long and varies in width from 240 km at its widest to 34 km in the Strait of Dover.
  • It is the smallest of the shallow seas around the continental shelf of Europe.

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