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Oceans and Seas

Oceans are large bodies of saltwater connected together, unevenly covering 70% of the earth, and containing about 97% of Earth's water supply as salt water. The five major oceans, in descending order of size by area, are the Pacific Ocean (64 million square miles, about 165 million square kilometers), Atlantic Ocean (33 million square miles, about 85 million square kilometers), Indian Ocean (28 million square miles, about 70 million square kilometers), Southern Ocean (almost 8 million square miles, about 20 million square kilometers), and Arctic Ocean (5,000,000 square miles, almost 13 million square kilometers).

The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean, covering about one third of the earth's surface, which is a bigger area than all of the continents combined. The Pacific Ocean is not only the home of the highest mountain on Earth (Mauna Kea, 33,476 ft, or 10,203 m), but also has the deepest trench (Mariana trench, 36,198 ft, or 11,033 m deep). The Atlantic Ocean is the...

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