The Pacific is the biggest and the deepest Ocean. It covers a third of Earth’s surface and has an area of 180 million km, holding more than 700 million km of water. It is so big that all the continents could fit within its area.

The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world, making up around 28% of the world’s surface area and almost double that in water surface area. It touches the west coast of North America. It is also home to the deepest trench on earth, the Marianas Trench, where the Challenger Deep is located. It’s 36,037 feet deep, far deeper than Mount Everest is tall. The trench is located between two tectonic plates, accounting for its incredible depth. The ocean’s coast line, along North America and Japan, is prone to earthquakes.

The ocean was named by the explorer Ferdinand Magellan. He chose “pacific” to mean “peaceful sea.” The Pacific Ocean is home to the Ring of Fire, a chain of 450 volcanoes in a u-shape. They reach from South America, along the coast of Japan, the western United States, all the way down into New Zealand. The Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest body of water.


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