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.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa was born in Spain in 1475 and had a passion to be a famous explorer. His first expedition was in 1501 to South America, and he ended up in Hispaniola where he became a pig farmer. In 1511, Balboa was told of a land near the sea where large amounts of gold could be found. Balboa set off in 1513, and after 3 weeks of traveling, he found the Pacific Ocean.Learn More
Although temperatures vary across both oceans, the Atlantic ocean is warmer on average, sometimes by as much as 16 degrees Fahrenheit at a given latitude. This is due to a number of factors, such as it being shallower, smaller and narrower than the Pacific ocean.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 >
There are five U.S. states and one Canadian province that touch the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Ocean is touched by Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii and the province of British Columbia.Full Answer >
The Pacific Ocean is estimated to contain 187 quintillion gallons of water. That quantity is equal to about one-third of the water of all the oceans.Full Answer >