Interesting facts about Pacific Ocean

October 14, 2009 | In: Geography Facts

Pacific Ocean covers about 46% of the Earth’s water surface and about 32% of its total surface area.

The world’s largest ocean covers just under 180,00,000 km², which accounts for almost 46% percent of all the world’s oceans and just under 33% of the world’s surface.

Pacific Ocean was first sighted by Europeans, in early 16th century. Even amongst them, Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa was the first.

The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the world’s five oceans (followed by the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Southern Ocean, and Arctic Ocean).

Pacific Ocean is connected with Indian Ocean by passages in the Malay Archipelago and between Australia and Antarctica.

Pacific Ocean reaches its greatest east-west width at about 5°N latitude, where it stretches for approximately 19,800 kilometers.

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