Interesting facts and details about largest ocean in the world
Planet Earth is mostly covered by waters, that take approximately 70 percent of all the surface. Most of these waters contain salt. Only less than 4 percent is not salty. Continents break up the waters into big and small parts, and all the huge parts are called the Great Oceans.
Number of Oceans in the World
There are 5 oceans on our Planet.
- Pacific Ocean
- Indian Ocean
- Atlantic Ocean
- Arctic Ocean
- Southern Ocean
Now let us see which one is the largest ocean in the world.
The Biggest Ocean in the World
The largest ocean in the world is the Pacific Ocean. It is the biggest one on our planet. It is larger than any of the other 4 oceans, covering nearly 46 percent of all free waters and approximately 33 percent of the planet’s surface.
Besides being the largest, this ocean is also the deepest. It reaches over 10 thousands meters in some areas. Its area is over 160 million square kilometers.
Where is Pacific Ocean located?
The Pacific Ocean is located between the two other oceans: Arctic and Southern. It spreads from the American continent to Australia and Asia. It also has the longest shoreline among other oceans that spreads over 135 thousand kilometers.
It is believed that the biggest ocean in the world is also the oldest one. Scientists think that the ocean’s rock appeared over two hundred millions years ago. It covers the tectonic plates and experiences strong activity of its underwater volcanoes and sever earthquakes. Actually, these natural phenomena make people and scientists call this largest ocean its personal nickname Ring Of Fire.
Do you know why this ocean is called Pacific? It was in the early 16th century when Ferdinand Magellan (the explorer from Portugal) sailed from Spain to South America and got into the waters of the calmest sea ever. This was the ocean, and the explorer’s description of the ‘peaceful’ waters gave the name of Pacific Ocean.
There are many other interesting facts about the Pacific Ocean and other four oceans, and you can always search and find other useful information if you wish.