Tropical Storm Fiona in the eastern Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Fiona in the eastern Atlantic Ocean On August 17, Tropical Depression 6 had strengthened, prompting the National Hurricane Center (NHC) to upgrade it to Tropical Storm Fiona that same evening.

The Atlantic Ocean is the second-largest of the world’s oceans, with an area of about 106,460,000 km2 (41,100,000 sq mi). It covers approximately 20 percent of Earth’s surface and about 29 percent of its water surface area. It is known to separate the “Old World” from the “New World” in the European perception of the World.

The Atlantic Ocean occupies an elongated, S-shaped basin extending longitudinally between Europe and Africa to the east, and the Americas to the west. As one component of the interconnected World Ocean, it is connected in the north to the Arctic Ocean, to the Pacific Ocean in the southwest, the Indian Ocean in the southeast, and the Southern Ocean in the south (other definitions describe the Atlantic as extending southward to Antarctica). The Atlantic Ocean is divided into two parts, by the Equatorial Counter Current, with the North(ern) Atlantic Ocean and the South(ern) Atlantic Ocean at about 8°NThe oldest known mentions of an “Atlantic” sea come from Stesichorus around mid-sixth century BC (Sch. A. R. 1. 211): Atlantikôi pelágei (Greek: Ἀτλαντικῷ πελάγει; English: ‘the Atlantic sea’; etym. ‘Sea of Atlantis‘) and in The Histories of Herodotus around 450 BC (Hdt. 1.202.4): Atlantis thalassa (Greek: Ἀτλαντὶς θάλασσα; English: ‘Sea of Atlantis’ or ‘the Atlantis sea’) where the name refers to “the sea beyond the pillars of Heracles” which is said to be part of the sea that surrounds all land.In these uses, the name refers to Atlas, the Titan in Greek mythology, who supported the heavens and who later appeared as a frontispiece in Medieval maps and also lent his name to modern atlases.

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