Marine Gazetteer Placedetails

Status Proposed standard Proposed standard
Language Name Name source
EnglishPonta do Mel CanyonIHO-IOC GEBCO Gazetteer of Undersea Feature Names (2018-06-25 - current version)   
PlaceType Canyon 
Latitude 4° 33' 44.5" S (-4.56235°)  
Longitude 36° 44' 40.2" W (-36.7445°)  
Min. Lat 4° 37' 12.1" S (-4.62°)  
Min. Long 36° 45' 45.8" W (-36.7627°)  
Max. Lat 4° 30' 33.2" S (-4.5092°)  
Max. Long 36° 42' 53.8" W (-36.7149°)  
Source IHO-IOC GEBCO Gazetteer of Undersea Feature Names (2018-06-25 - current version), available online at
Notes GEBCO: discoverer and year of discovery: Discoverer: Brazilian survey vessel "Sirius". Year of discovery: 2011. History: Named from the nearby coastal town of Ponta do Mel, in the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Norte. The name of the town results from its location on a promontory (ponta), and also from the large number of bees living in this area (mel is the Portuguese for honey).    
GEBCO: associated meeting, proposer and year of proposal: Associated meeting: SCUFN-30. Proposer: Helenice Vital, Geology and Geophysics Laboratory of Rio Grande do Norte Federal University, Brazil. History: 2017.    
Additional information: This feature has a steepness of 25 to 35°. The name first appeared in 2015 in a scientific paper from Almeida, N., Vital, H., and Gomes, M.: "Morphology of submarine canyons along the continental margin of the Potiguar Basin, NE Brazil". Minimum depth (m): 115. Maximum depth (m): 1260. Total relief (m): 1145. Dimension: 0.4 km to 2.3 km wide x9.8 km long.    
Part of  South Atlantic Ocean (IHO Sea Area)  [view hierarchy]   
Edit history Last edited on 2018-09-13 16:53:11 by Lonneville Britt
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