Arctic Ocean

The Arctic Ocean is the world's most northerly ocean in terms of volume. It encircles and runs under the Arctic Ocean. However, as temperatures continue to rise, this is beginning to alter in large parts of the Arctic Ocean. It may seem like a barren wasteland, yet the Arctic Ocean is teeming with life. Despite being the world's smallest ocean (at 6.1 million square miles), the Arctic is suddenly garnering worldwide attention it has never before experienced. Warming temperatures in the Arctic Ocean are causing [...]

Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean has served as a vital commercial and transport route for ages. The Atlantic Ocean, which stretches from the Arctic Circle up to Antarctica, is bounded on the west by the Americas and on the east by Europe and Africa. At over 41 million square miles, it is the world's second-biggest ocean, only behind the Pacific Ocean in size. Geographers and scientists categorize the Atlantic into two parts: North and South. They have their own unique ocean currents that affect weather throughout the [...]

Indian Ocean

Due to its seasonal circulation, moderate temperatures, and wealth of oil resources, the Indian Ocean is by far the most unusual of the four oceans that comprise 70% of the Earth's surface. It is the hottest ocean on the planet. In the recent few years, the Indian Ocean has been featured in the news on a number of occasions, including the 2004 earthquake and tsunami, the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines plane, and the rise in pirate activities in the seas off of Africa. To [...]

Pacific Ocean

For weight and depth, the Pacific Ocean is the biggest in the world. In addition to covering more than a third of the planet's surface, it also holds half of the planet's water. The North Pacific, as well as the South Pacific, usually are separated artificially by the equator's line. After passing the Panama Isthmus of Darien, Spanish navigator Vasco Nunez de Balboa discovered the South Sea in 1513. Portugal's Ferdinand Magellan gave it its present name in 1520 on his first voyage around the [...]

Southern (Antarctic) Ocean

Only recently, the United States Board upon Geographic Names has given a name to the Southern Ocean. IHO established the Ocean as a fifth ocean, and it ranks as the fourth-largest Ocean in the globe, accounting for 15% of the planet's water. After South America and Antarctica split apart, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current is said to have created the world's first Ocean. According to some estimates, the Southern Ocean has a total surface area of 35,000,000 square kilometers. In addition to seas, straits and bays, [...]