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The major oceanic divisions are defined in part by the continents, various archipelagos, and other criteria. These divisions are (in descending order of size):

1          Pacific Ocean                64,196,000 sq mi (166,266,877 km2)

2          Atlantic Ocean            33,400,000 sq mi (86,505,603 km2)

3          Indian Ocean               28,400,000 sq mi (73,555,662 km2)

4          Southern Ocean          20,327,000 sq mi (52,646,688 km2)

5          Arctic Ocean                5,100,000 sq mi (13,208,939 km2)

6          Arabian Sea                 1,491,000 sq mi (3,861,672 km2)

7          South China Sea         1,148,000 sq mi (2,973,306 km2)

8          Caribbean Sea                971,000 sq mi (2,514,878 km2)

9          Mediterranean Sea      969,000 sq mi (2,509,698 km2)

10        Bering Sea                  873,000 sq mi (2,261,060 km2)

11        Bay of Bengal             838,612 sq mi (2,171,995 km2)

12        Gulf of Mexico           582,000 sq mi (1,507,373 km2)

13        Sea of Okhotsk            537,000 sq mi (1,390,824 km2)

14        Sea of Japan               391,000 sq mi (1,012,685 km2)

15        Hudson Bay               282,000 sq mi (730,377 km2)

16        East China Sea            257,000 sq mi (665,627 km2)

17        Andaman Sea              218,100 sq mi (564,876 km2)

18        Red Sea                        175,000 sq mi (453,248 km2)

19        Black Sea                       168,500 sq mi (436,413 km2)

20        North Sea                       165,000 sq mi (427,348 km2)

21        Baltic Sea                        147,000 sq mi (380,728 km2)

22        Yellow Sea                      113,500 sq mi (293,964 km2)

23        Persian Gulf                      88,800 sq mi (229,991 km2)

24        Gulf of California             59,000 sq mi (152,809 km2)

OCEAN GEOGRAPHY

  • There are 328,000,000 cubic miles of seawater on earth, covering approximately 71 percent of earth’s surface.
  • By volume, the ocean makes up 99 percent of the planet’s living space- the largest space in our universe known to be inhabited by living organisms.
  • About 97 percent of all water on earth is in our oceans, 2 percent is frozen in our ice caps and glaciers, and less than 0.3 percent is carried in the atmosphere in the form of clouds, rain, and snow. All of our inland seas, lakes and channels combined add up to only 0.02 percent of earth’s water.
  • The Antarctic Ice Sheet is almost twice the size of the United States.
  • Earth’s ocean is made up of more than 20 seas and four oceans: Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and Pacific, the oldest and the largest.
  • The ocean accounts for 0.022 percent of the total weight of earth, weighing an estimated 1,450,000,000,000,000,000 short tons (1 short ton = 2,000lbs).
  • The average worldwide ocean depth is about 12,460 feet (3,798 meters), with the deepest point of 36,198 feet (11,033 meters) which is located in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean; the tallest mountain, Mount Everest, measures 29,022 feet (8,846 meters). If Mount Everest were to be placed into the Mariana Trench it would be covered with sea water more than a mile (1.5 km ) deep.
  • Although Mount Everest is often called the tallest mountain on Earth, Mauna Kea, an inactive volcano on the island of Hawaii, is actually taller. Only 13,796 feet of Mauna Kea stands above sea level, yet it is 33,465 feet tall if measured from the ocean floor to its summit
  • A slow cascade of water beneath the Denmark Strait sinks 2.2 miles; more than 3.5 times farther than Venezuela’s Angel Falls, the tallest waterfall on land.
  • Earth’s largest continuous mountain chain is the Mid-Ocean Ridge, stretching for 40,000 miles, rising above the surface of the water in a few places, such as Iceland. It is four times longer than the Andes, Rocky Mountains, and Himalayas combined.
  • Ninety percent of all volcanic activity occurs in the oceans. In 1993, scientists located the largest known concentration of active volcanoes on the sea floor in the South Pacific. This area, the size of New York State, hosts 1,133 volcanic cones and seamounts. Two or three could erupt at any moment.
  • The highest tides in the world are at the Bay of Fundy, which separates New Brunswick from Nova Scotia. At some times of the year the difference between high and low tide is 53 feet 6 inches, the equivalent of a five-story building.
  • Canada has the longest coastline of any country, at 56,453 miles or around 15 percent of the world’s 372,384 miles of coastlines.
  • In 1958, the United States Coast Guard icebreaker East Wind measured the world’s tallest known iceberg off western Greenland. At 550 feet it was only 5 feet 6 inches shorter than the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.
  • The volume of the Earth’s moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.

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