Seas have an enormous impact on the people who live near them. The Bay of Bengal, the largest bay in the world, is a sea that is part of the northeastern Indian Ocean. This sea has played a pivotal role in the histories of the nations that surround it, including India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Indonesia. Here, Hindu pilgrims bathe where the sacred Ganges River empties into the Bay of Bengal.

Photograph by Arya Gupta, MyShot

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People often use the term “sea” to refer to the ocean. To geographers, a sea is a division of the ocean that is enclosed or partly enclosed by land.