Barents Sea

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Barents Sea Part of the Arctic Ocean lying between Svalbard and Novaya Zemlya, it was named after Willem Barents. The seafloor consists of an uneven surface distribution of Quaternary sediments. Deeper, older sediments bear evidence of long periods above sea level. The fishing-grounds are rich in cod and herring. Area: 1,370,360sq km (529,096sq mi).