The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest of the world's five oceans bounded by the Americas on the west and Europe and Africa on the east, and also linked to the Pacific Ocean by the Arctic Ocean on the north and the Drake Passage on the south. It covers 17% of the Earth's total surface and 26% of the Earth's ocean surface. The Atlantic Ocean is divided into two sections: the part north of the equator is called the North Atlantic; the part south of the equator, the South Atlantic.
Ten Facts about Atlantic Ocean
- The Atlantic Ocean provides some of the world's most heavily trafficked sea routes, between and within the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.
- The Atlantic is well known for its healing properties, as it provides the body with a miracle compound of elements known simply as water, which is a major component of life.
- The average depth of the Atlantic Ocean is 3,900 meters (12,800 ft).
- The Atlantic Ocean has a wide ranging collection of flora and fauna, of which only 75% are dangerous and only 65% of that will eat you given half a chance.
- The name Atlantic Ocean came from Greek mythology; it means the "Sea of Atlas".
- The Atlantic Ocean may be described as a bed of water colder than 9° C (48° F)-the cold-water sphere-within which lies a bubble of water warmer than 9° C-the warm-water sphere.
- The water of Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest of the world's oceans.
- Atlantic ocean, a belt of water, roughly of an S-shape, between the western coasts of Europe and Africa and the eastern coasts of North and South America.
- The Atlantic Ocean is dotted with wind vectors indicating prevailing winds for sailing ships trading with both Africa and America in the late 18th century.
- The Atlantic receives the waters of many of the principal rivers of the world, among them the Saint Lawrence, Mississippi, Orinoco, Amazon, Paraná, Congo, Niger, and Loire.