Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Pacific Ocean

There are 5 different oceans. They cover about 72% of the earth's surface. The biggest one is the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Ocean is the largest body in the world and covers about 66 million square miles, that is about 1/3 of the earth's surface. There are thousands of islands in the Pacific. These include island nations, such as Japan and New Zealand, and hundreds of scattered islands. These islands include the Solomon islands which lie north-east of Australia, the Hawaii islands, and the Caroline islands, which includes over 930 small islands lying just north of the equator. The Carolines are a part of a island called Micronesia.

The word pacific means peaceful. The Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan gave the Pacific this name because of the difference between the rough South American seas and the calm Pacific waters. The average depth is 12,900 ft. The greatest is 35,840 ft, in Challenger Deep.


  1. Thanks for all the great information, Caroline! I am supposed to learn something new every day and my time was almost up since I am off to bed now. Love, Momma

  2. You have given me quite a bit to think about. Some of these facts I had forgotten about. I am going to go to my Atlas and look over the islands in the Pacific Ocean, especially the Carolines. I don't think I knew about them. The weather is always beautiful in Hawaii, but what about the weather in New Zealand and Autralia? The Pacific is certainly a massive body of water. Good research....Love, Gramma ox

  3. Caroline, this is awesome. Very insightful information that I didnt even know about. We live about 2 miles from the Pacific Ocean.