This is the ReefNews guide to the oceans. Look at the earth spinning around. Most of it is covered with water. The oceans cover 141,600,000 square miles, or 72% of the earth's surface.
There are five oceans: the Antarctic, Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. All five oceans are connected; who can say where one ocean stops and the next ocean starts?
The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean. The Pacific Ocean covers 69,375,000 square miles, or 35% of the earth. The Pacific Ocean is almost half of all the oceans, as big as the other four oceans combined. As the earth spins around, there is a viewpoint from outer space where all you can see is the Pacific Ocean.
The Pacific Ocean is between Asia on the west and North and South America on the east. The Pacific Ocean connects to the Indian Ocean to the west, to the Antarctic Ocean to the south, and to the Arctic Ocean to the north.
The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean. The Atlantic Ocean covers 41,105,000 square miles, or 21% of the earth. The Atlantic Ocean is a little bigger than half as big as the Pacific Ocean. The Atlantic Ocean is between North and South America on the west and Europe and Africa on the east. The Atlantic Ocean connects to the Arctic Ocean to the north, and to the Antarctic Ocean to the south.
The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean. The Indian Ocean covers 28,900,000 square miles, or 15% of the earth. The Indian Ocean is between Africa on the west and Asia on the north. The Indian Ocean connects to the Antarctic Ocean to the south, and to the Pacific Ocean to the east.
The Antarctic Ocean circles the globe and surrounds the southern continent of Antarctica. The Antarctic Ocean is also called the Southern Ocean. The Antarctic Ocean is connected to the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans.
The Arctic Ocean covers the earth's north pole. This ocean is so cold that its surface is often frozen during the winter. The vast Arctic icecap is the source of many icebergs. The Arctic Ocean is between North America and Asia. The Arctic Ocean is connected to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Back to ReefNews Cool Facts about the Oceans
Copyright © 1999, ReefNews, Inc.
95 Obsidian Loop
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Questions, Comments? Write to ReefNews: firstname.lastname@example.org!