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Whirling to destruction For centuries sailors have been in terror of being sucked into a whirlpool that would swallow them and their ships. Whirlpools happen when opposing currents meet, causing the water to spin round very rapidly.

Huge whirlpools in the sea are usually caused by powerful tides.

The most famous is the Maelstrom, which appears between two islands off the coast of Norway. At times this whirlpool is strong enough to destroy small ships. Another dangerous whirlpool is Charybdis in the Mediterranean, which was a hazard to the ancient Greek and Roman sailors. The ancient Greeks believed that a monster caused this whirlpool.

The Maelstrom is a powerful and treacherous tidal race in the channel between the Lofoten islands off the north coast of Norway. Currents often reach a speed of 11 km/h, making it dangerous for small ships. It often causes huge whirlpools, which were made famous by the writings of JuIes Verne and Edgar Alan Poe.

With an amazing depth of 11,034 m the Marianas Trench could easily swallow the whole of Mount Everest, which has a height of only 8,848 m.

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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 09 December '11

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