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Centring at about 73° S, 45° W, the Weddell Sea has an area of about 1,080,000 square miles. At its widest the sea is around 2,000 km across.
On the map the Weddell Sea is to the top left of the picture. It can be seen that it a substantial bight out of the South American side of the continent, just as the Ross Sea, situated roughly opposite, is a similar substantial bight out of the New Zealand side.
The Weddell Sea is the main source of information about the deepest water of the world's oceans. Therefore, changes in Weddell Sea water mass characteristics may affect interpretations that reach far beyond its immediate geographical area.
Bruce had sailed south on the Scotia a few years after his first meeting with Shackleton, in 1902, and thus his principal expedition coincided, albeit on the opposite of Antarctica, with that of Scott's Discovery expedition, which was Shackleton's first journey to the white continent/.