The Black Sea covers an area of 423,000 km2, is over 2 km deep and drains an area of 1.9 million km2 (one-third of continental Europe) containing over 160 million inhabitants. The coastal zone1 contains a poulation of some 20 or 39 million people, depending on whether the Istanbul administrative unit is included in the total. This has a short Black Sea coastline. The Sea has six coastal countries: Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine.
10 Jan 2014