Oceans and Seas of the World

Oceans and seas cover nearly three-fourths of the earthís surface.  The word ìoceanî is included in the names of 5 bodies of water - the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Antarctic.  They are the major bodies of salt water that extend between the continents. Seas are smaller than oceans.  Most seas are small sections of an ocean.

The Atlantic Ocean is a huge body of water that extends from the Arctic to the Antarctic regions and from Europe and Africa on the east to the Americas on the west.

The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest of the worldís oceans.

The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean in the world.  Many rivers empty into the Indian Ocean.

The Arctic Ocean is an almost landlocked sea extending from the North Pole to about 70 degrees north latitude.  It is mostly covered with ice.  It is lower in salt content than any other ocean.

The Antarctic Ocean is the name sometimes used when referring to southern parts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans that surround the continent of Antarctica.