As you may know, Earth’s global ocean makes up approximately 71% of the planet’s surface. In other words, if you were in space and threw a rock at earth, nearly 3 out of 4 times you would hit the ocean. That’s a lot of water, for sure. In order to categorize this vast amount, we have chosen to break this body of water into 5 major oceans. Much like breaking the world into 7 continents we have 5 massive bodies of water all connected and part of Earth’s global ocean.
Did you know: oceans produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere and absorb 90% of the carbon in it.
So, what are the 5 oceans?
Well here is a list of the 5 oceans (sorted by largest in area first):
- Pacific Ocean
- Atlantic Ocean
- Indian Ocean
- Southern Ocean aka Antarctic Ocean
- Arctic Ocean
I used to think there were 7 oceans and even Googled, “What are the 7 oceans” but came up with results that only showed 5 oceans indeed!
The Southern Ocean is the newest ocean having only been designated as such in 2000.
How many seas are there?
There are 113 seas (if you include the landlocked seas, 110 if you do not).
Let me answer some common questions about the 5 oceans of the world:
What are the five oceans from biggest to smallest?
Those are listed above
What are the five oceans of the world?
Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern and Arctic
What are the five oceans from largest to smallest?
See first list
What are the five oceans and 7 continents
5 Oceans – Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern and Arctic
7 Continents – Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.
What are the five main oceans of the earth?
What is the best book on the ocean?
Ocean (American Museum of Natural History)