Every year the Atlantic Ocean grows wider by an inch or so. Every year the pacific shrinks by an inch or so.
Shrinking and Growing Oceans – Every year the Atlantic Ocean grows wider by an inch or so. Every year the pacific shrinks by an inch or so. This is due to the movement of the Earth’s surface.
An Ocean to Walk Across – In winter, the Arctic Ocean forms a 10 foot ice cover linking the United States and Russia.
Deepest Ocean – The Pacific Ocean has an average depth of 14,000 feet, or just over 2 ½ miles.
Ocean of Commerce – The Atlantic Ocean is the busiest ocean for commercial trade.
Ocean of Monsoons – The Indian Ocean is known for seasonal wind and rain storms which are called the monsoons. The Indian Ocean is also the world’s greatest source of offshore oil. More than 40 percent of all offshore oil comes from this ocean.
Saltiest Ocean – The Mediterranean Ocean has the greatest density of salt at an average salinity rate of 39 percent.
Following are the four largest seas in the world:
South china – 1,148,500 square miles
Caribbean Sea – 971,400 square miles
Mediterranean Sea – 969,100 square miles
Bering Sea – 873,000 square miles