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Arctic Ocean  

The Arctic Ocean is the smallest in the world’s five major oceans. It covers an area of 5,427,000 square miles which is less than 3% of the earth’s surface. It is also the shallowest of all of them. It is Earth’s northernmost body of water. It encircles the Arctic, and flows beneath it.

Most part of it remains covered in ice and the thickness of ice can vary depending on the season. This ocean’s name has been derived from the word ‘arktos’ which means ‘bear’ in Greek.

 

Quick Facts: –

  • The average depth of the Arctic Ocean is 3,406 feet and its deepest point is the Litke deep measuring 17,880 feet.
  • It is almost completely surrounded by the countries of Russia, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Canada and the United States.
  • The Arctic is home to Polar bears which are the largest land predators in the world.
  • This ocean has a very low salinity and it is the least salty among the five major oceans.
  • The North Polar Basin of the Arctic Ocean is divided into two areas: the Eurasian basin and the Amerasian basin.
  • Fridtjof Nansen was the first person to have made a nautical crossing across the Arctic Ocean.
  • This region gets at least one entire day of sunshine and one entire day of darkness every year because of the tilt of the earth.
  • This ocean is connected to the Pacific Ocean through the Bering Strait and to the Atlantic Ocean through the Greenland Sea.
  • In the Arctic, there is a region called ‘Eschate Thule’. In this area, the Sun sets for only three hours in a day.

 

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