The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by the Mediterranean region and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Anatolia and Europe, on the south by North Africa, and on the east by the Levant...
off the western coast of Italy
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The sea is bounded by Corsica
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(to the west), Tuscany
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, Lazio, Campania
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(to the east) and Sicily
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(to the south).
The maximum depth of the sea is 3785 metres (12,418 ft).
The Tyrrhenian Sea is situated near where the African
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and European Plates meet; therefore mountain chains and active volcanoes such as Mount Marsili
Marsili is a large undersea volcano in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about south of Naples. The seamount is about 3,000 meters tall; its peak and crater are about 450 meters below the sea surface...
are found in its depths.