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Marine Places

Arafura Sea

Lying over a shallow continental shelf, the Arafura Sea marks the boundary between the Pacific and Indian oceans. During the Indian summer monsoon, water flows westward into the Indian Ocean, pulled by the South Equatorial Current, but the flow is reversed when the Equatorial Counter Current is active during the Indian winter.

Sunset over Arafura Seazoom image
  • Area 251,000 square miles (650,000 square km)
  • Maximum Depth 260 ft (80 m)
  • Inflows Coral Sea, Timor Sea, Banda Sea
Melanesia - Arafura Seazoom image