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.
The Pacific ocean covers 35 percent of the Earth's surface, and the Atlantic covers only 21 percent. The Pacific ocean is the largest ocean and is almost as large as half of the other oceans combined. It also has the deepest average depth and the point of the lowest elevation on Earth.
The Atlantic ocean receives more fresh water through run-offs than any other ocean. The Amazon, Mississippi, Saint Lawrence and Congo all empty into it.Learn More
The average water temperature of the Pacific Ocean varies according to location. In some regions near the equator, such as Guam, the ocean temperature reaches 86 degrees Fahrenheit, while near the poles, the water temperature dips to 2 below zero.Full Answer >
Some parts of the tropical areas of Earth's oceans receive between 115 and 197 inches of rainfall per year due to massive amounts of water evaporating from the ocean's surface. Trade winds carry this evaporated water to different areas where it cools and then falls back into the ocean.Full Answer >
Of all the oceans on Earth, the Arctic Ocean contains the most icebergs. Most icebergs are formed in the Arctic region of the Earth; the North American Ocean contains large amounts of icebergs as well.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 >