The Indian Ocean spans from the east coast of Africa and south coast of Asia to the west coast of Australia and down to the Southern Ocean. The Southern Ocean isn't always recognized as an official ocean, so some sources extend the Indian Ocean all the way down to Antarctica.Continue Reading
The Indian Ocean is the third-largest ocean by area at just over 28.3 million square miles. The largest ocean in the world is the Pacific Ocean, which is over double the size of the Indian Ocean at approximately 64.2 million square miles. Following the Pacific is the Atlantic, which measures at about 33 million square miles. The remaining oceans on Earth are the Southern Ocean and Arctic Ocean, which are both much smaller than the others.
The Indian Ocean is known for its vast quantity of oil and high temperature. It also shares a border with many countries, such as India, Indonesia and Malaysia. Some island countries, such as Madagascar, are completely contained within the ocean.
The northernmost part of the ocean contains a high amount of monsoons during the year, which are extremely strong rains. While there are variations like any other body of water, the Indian Ocean as a whole circulates around counter-clockwise.Learn more about Bodies of Water
The Earth's five oceans are the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Southern Ocean and the Arctic Ocean. These five oceans make up over 70 percent of the Earth's surface.Full Answer >
The five oceans of the earth are the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Southern Ocean and Pacific Ocean. Of these, the Southern Ocean has only been recognized since 2000.Full Answer >
The original four oceans are the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian and Arctic; however, the International Hydrographic Organization recognized the Southern Ocean as the fifth ocean on Earth in the spring of 2000.Full Answer >
The warmest ocean in the world is the Indian Ocean. The Indian Ocean, which borders Africa, Asia and Australia on three sides, is located entirely in tropical zones, although it is subject to receiving colder waters from the Southern Ocean.Full Answer >