The Earth's five oceans are the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Southern Ocean and the Arctic Ocean. These five oceans make up over 70 percent of the Earth's surface.Know More
The Pacific Ocean is the Earth's largest ocean, taking up 28 percent of the Earth's surface at 60 million square miles. This ocean played an important role in history as a main route for migration and exploration.
The Atlantic Ocean is the Earth's second-largest ocean, taking up almost 30 million square miles, and includes five different seas and the Gulf of Mexico. It plays an important role in the development of many of the Earth's hurricanes.
The Indian Ocean is the Earth's third-largest ocean, taking up over 26 million miles. It includes many different bodies of water, such as the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Great Australian Bight.
The Southern Ocean is much smaller than the three biggest oceans, taking up just 8 million miles. Introduced in 2000 by taking parts of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans to form a fifth ocean, it surrounds all of Antarctica.
The Arctic Ocean is the Earth's smallest ocean at just under 5.5 million miles, most of which is north of the Arctic Circle.Learn more about Bodies of Water
The three oceans that border North America are the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and the Arctic Ocean. Other bodies of water, like the Gulf of Mexico, also border the continent.Full Answer >
As of 2011, the United States is officially bordered by three oceans: the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the East, and the Arctic Ocean to the north. The Arctic Ocean was added as an official border of the United States when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton attended the Arctic Council.Full Answer >
While there are technically only five oceans in the world, the term "seven seas" was coined in ancient literature and divided the oceans into the Arctic, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific, Indian and Southern Oceans. As of 2014, the five named oceans include the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic and Antarctic Oceans, and the term "seven seas" is no longer widely used.Full Answer >
The Arctic Ocean is the smallest ocean in the world and is about 8 percent of the size of the Pacific Ocean. Its water is consistently cold with temperatures ranging between minus 30 to minus 70 degrees Celsius throughout the year. When the icy water turns into an ice sheet, it forms a mass that is four times the size of Texas.Full Answer >