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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 Antar...


While the specific origin of the Indian Ocean's name is not commonly known, it is generally believed to have been named due to its proximity to India. During the 15th century, when sailing ships were used to transport goods around the known world, the Indian Ocean was t...


The average depth of the Indian Ocean is about 13,000 feet. At its deepest point, the Indian Ocean is just under 24,000 feet deep. It is the world's third-largest ocean.


The Indian Ocean, like many of Earth's oceans, serves as home to a diverse number of species, including anenomefish, Great White sharks, bottlenose dolphins, blue whales, sea turtles, jellyfish, stingrays, sea anemones, sea snakes, worms and stonefish. Creatures inhabit...


Some of the plants found in the Indian Ocean are species of mangrove trees in Madagascar's mangrove forests, India's coastal sea grass and West Australia's macroalgae. The Indian Ocean covers a variety of biologically diverse ecological regions, including Africa's easte...


The Indian Ocean is mainly located in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the third largest of the world's five oceans and covers about 20 percent of the world's total oceanic area.


Scientists primarily use echo sounders to map the ocean floor. LIDAR, or light detection and ranging, can also be used for sections of the ocean with clear water.