Gulf of Bothnia

The Gulf of Bothnia is the northernmost arm of the Baltic Sea. It is situated between Sweden's east coast. In the south of the gulf lie the Åland Islands, between the Sea of Åland and the Archipelago Sea. Bothnia is a latinization; the Swedish name Bottenviken was just Botn, with botn being Old Norse for "gulf" or "bay", the meaning of the second element vik. The name botn was applied to the Gulf of Bothnia as Helsingjabotn in Old Norse, after Hälsingland, which at the time referred to the coastland west of the gulf. Botten was applied to the regions Västerbotten on the western side and Österbotten the eastern side; the Finnish name of Österbotten, gives a hint as to the meaning in both languages: the meaning of pohja includes both "bottom" and "north". Pohja is the base word for north, with an adjectival suffix added. Botn/botten is cognate with the English word bottom, it might be part of a general north European distinction of lowlands, as opposed to highlands, such as the Netherlandic region and Sambia.

A second possibility is that botten follows an alternative Scandinavian connotation of'furthermost'. Thus, the Gulf of Bothnia would be the farthest extent of the Ocean. Julius Pokorny gives the extended Proto-Indo-European root as *bhudh-mn with a *bhudh-no- variant, from which the Latin fundus, as in fundament, is derived; the original meaning of English north, from Proto-Indo-European *ner- "under", indicates an original sense of "lowlands" for "bottomlands". On the other hand, by "north" the classical authors meant "outermost", as the northern lands were outermost to them; the origin of the word is indeed ancient, belonging to a period before the world discoveries by the Portuguese. Until north was not seen as the magnetic top of the world, East being the normal orientation of a map. In Saami, the cardinal directions were named according to the different parts of the typical tent used by this nomadic people; the door of the tent was traditionally pointed South, in the most sunny direction, the bottom of the tent would be aligned with the North.

Thus the origin of the word pohja in its use as "north". Deriving as well from this logic is the affinity in the Finnish language of the words eteinen, meaning "entrance room/hall" and etelä, "south". According to Lönnrot, north was viewed as the bottom direction because the lowest point of the sun's path is there; the International Hydrographic Organization defines the southern limit of the Gulf of Bothnia as follows: From Simpnäsklubb in Sweden, to Flötjan, Lagskær, Fæstörne, Kökarsörn, Vænö-Kalkskær to the SW point of Hangöudde in Finland, thus including the Aland islands and adjacent shoals and channels in the Gulf of Bothnia. The gulf is 80 -- 240 km wide and has an average depth of 60 m; the maximum depth is 295 m. The surface area is 117,000 km²; the northernmost point is situated in Töre in the Bothnian Bay. Its coordinates are 65° 54'07" N 22° 39'00 E; the depth and surface area of the Gulf of Bothnia are decreasing, as the land is rising after it had been pressed down by about 2,600 to 3,300 feet by the continental ice during last ice age.

The rise is 80 cm every hundred years. It is estimated; this recovery rate will progressively slow. Into the gulf flow a number of rivers from both sides. In the south the water is the normal brackish water of the Baltic Sea, but in the north, in the Bothnian Bay, the salinity is so low, from 0.4% near Kvarken to 0.2% in the northernmost part, that many freshwater fish such as the pike and perch thrive in it. Being nearly fresh, the gulf is frozen over five months every year; the icing of the Baltic Sea ends in the northern Gulf of Bothnia. Traffic restrictions for icebreaker assistance are in force for all the gulf from late January to late April and for the northernmost ports from the middle of December to the middle of May. Geologically the Gulf of Bothnia is an ancient depression of tectonic origin; the depression in filled with sedimentary rock deposited in the Precambrian and Paleozoic. Nearby plains adjoining. While being covered by glaciers during the last 2.5 million years glacial erosion has had a limited effect in changing the topography.

Ongoing post-glacial rebound is thought to result in splitting of the Gulf of Bothnia into a southern gulf and northern lake across the Norra Kvarken area in about 2,000 years. Some historians suggest that the adventurer Ottar was referring to the Gulf of Bothnia when he spoke of the Kven Sea in the 9th century, it is possible that Claudius Clavus's usage of the term Mare Gotticus in the 15th century refers to the Gulf of Bothnia. The land surrounding the Gulf of Bothnia is forested. Trees are logged transported to the coast for milling; the gulf is important for oil transport to the coastal cities and ore transport to steel mills, for instance in Raahe. In terms of tonnage in international traffic, the largest ports on the Finnish side are Rauma and Tornio; the main ports of the Swedish side are in Skellefteå, Umeå, Sundsvall, Gävle and Hargshamn. In Luleå, iron ore pellets are exported and coal is imported. Gävle is Sweden's third-largest container port. I

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