Grand Banks


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Grand Banks

An extensive area of shoals in the western Atlantic Ocean off southeast Newfoundland, Canada. The mingling of the cold Labrador Current and the warmer Gulf Stream and the shallowness of the water produces heavy fogs and severe storms and has historically made it a highly productive fishing ground.

Grand Banks

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(Placename) a part of the continental shelf in the Atlantic, extending for about 560 km (350 miles) off the SE coast of Newfoundland: meeting place of the cold Labrador Current and the warm Gulf Stream, producing frequent fogs and formerly rich fishing grounds

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an extensive shoal SE of Newfoundland: fishing grounds. 350 mi. (565 km) long; 40,000 sq. mi. (104,000 sq. km).
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This closed car smells of salt fish, the strong New England and commercial scent, reminding me of the Grand Banks and the fisheries.
"We'll be on the Grand Bank to-night; but in a general way o' speakin', we're all among the fishing-fleet now.
International Resource News-9 May 2008-Fairborne Energy Mails Offer for Grand Banks Acquisition(C)2008 ENPublishing - http://www.enpublishing.co.uk
But George, a BT engineer, said by satellite phone: "We have had a brilliant night's rowing and expect to be off the Grand Banks in a day or so.
Available geophysical data suggest that the Newfoundland Basin contains a zone approximately 150 kilometers wide of thinned continental crust separating known Grand Banks continental crust from known oceanic crust seaward of a mid-Cretaceous period (about 118 million years ago) isochron, a magnetic anomaly known as MO.
Now, the Grand Banks slope has produced another scientific first.
Their former colleague Mark Stubbs, who along with George and Nigel was plucked from the ocean after their unsuccessful bid in 2002, is currently in a four-man boat off Grand Banks, Newfoundland, making his own bid to clinch the 2,000-mile record.