The Pacific Ocean is the world's largest ocean. With an area of 63.8 million square miles, or 165.25 million square kilometers, it covers around a third of the Earth's total area, more than all the land in the world.Know More
The second largest ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, has an area of 31.8 million square miles, or 82.4 million square kilometers, roughly half of the size of the Pacific.
The Pacific Ocean received its name from the explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who was surprised at how calm its waters were compared to the difficult seas he encountered sailing around Cape Horn, at the southern tip of South America. He called it the "Mar Pacifico," which in Spanish means "peaceful ocean."Learn more about Bodies of Water
The deepest ocean in the world is the Pacific Ocean with an average depth of 13,740 feet. The Missouri Botanical Garden reports that the deepest point in the Pacific Ocean is the Mariana Trench at 36,200 feet.Full Answer >
The Pacific Ocean was discovered by Vasco Nunez de Balboa in 1513. He was standing on a mountaintop in Panama when he saw the ocean. Balboa walked into the ocean and claimed it in the name of Spain.Full Answer >
The Pacific Ocean is the largest of all the oceans and comprises about 48 percent of all ocean water. There are over 321 million cubic miles of water in all the oceans combined, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Geophysical Data Center.Full Answer >
The five states that border the Pacific Ocean are California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. The proximity of the states to the Pacific Ocean affects their climate. Along the coast, temperatures vary by as much as 19 degrees Fahrenheit from those 100 miles inland. Washington and Oregon have an oceanic climate, while California enjoys a Mediterranean one. Areas along the ocean often experience small seasonal temperature variations.Full Answer >