Atlantic Ocean Facts
- Ocean Name: Atlantic Ocean
- Location: Between the Americas and Europe, Africa
- Average Depth: 11,961 feet
- Total Surface Area: 32.8 million mi2
- Total Coastline: 69,510 miles
- Total Volume of Water: 74.4 million mi3
25 Atlantic Ocean Facts for Kids
- The Atlantic Ocean is one of the world’s five oceans.
- The Atlantic Ocean is divided into two parts, the North Atlantic Ocean and the South Atlantic Ocean.
- The Atlantic Ocean borders four continents, Africa, Europe, North America and South America.
- The Atlantic Ocean is located between the Americas, Europe and Africa.
- The total volume of the Atlantic Ocean is 74.4 million mi3 of water.
- The Atlantic Ocean contains 23.3% of all the world’s ocean water.
- The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest of all five oceans.
- The total surface area of the Atlantic Ocean is 32.8 million mi2.
- The Atlantic Ocean covers about 21% of our planet’s surface.
- The average depth of the Atlantic Ocean is 11,961 feet.
- The deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean is 24,470 feet in the Puerto Rico Trench.
- The Atlantic Ocean is the second shallowest ocean in the world.
- The total coastline of the Atlantic Ocean is 69,510 miles.
- The Atlantic Ocean has the 2nd most coastline of all the five major oceans.
- The largest sea of the Atlantic Ocean is the Sargasso Sea.
- The largest island in the Atlantic Ocean is Greenland, which is also the largest island in the world.
- The Cancun Reef in the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of Mexico is the second largest barrier reef in the world.
- The Atlantic Ocean is the breeding ground for tropical storms and strong hurricanes that affect North America.
- The Atlantic Ocean is referred to as the body of water that separates the Old World from the New World.
- The Atlantic Ocean was the first of the world’s ocean to be cross by ship and aircraft.
- American aviator Charles Lindbergh was the first person to fly non-stop across the Atlantic in 1927.
- The longest campaign in military history was the Battle of the Atlantic. The Allied and Axis navies fought furiously fought each other in the Atlantic Ocean.
- The Bermuda Triangle is a part of the North Atlantic where many claim ships and planes have mysteriously disappeared. Many modern day surveys and investigations have found anything notable about the Bermuda Triangle.
- Icebergs are a common hazard in the Atlantic Ocean’s shipping lanes between February and July.
- Italian explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus is famous for his voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain to the Caribbean between 1492 and 1493.
Pictures of the Atlantic Ocean
A picture of the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean in Florida.
A picture of the Atlantic Ocean and the Earth’s horizon.
A picture of the tail of a Humpback whale in the Atlantic Ocean.
Additional Resources on the Atlantic Ocean
- About the Atlantic Ocean – Find more information about the Atlantic Ocean on the Kiddle website.
- How Big is the Atlantic Ocean – Discover how big the Atlantic Ocean is on the NOAA website.
- Atlantic Ocean – The World Factbook – Find more facts about the Atlantic Ocean on the CIA World Factbook website.
- Atlantic Ocean – Wikipedia – Explore the Wikipedia website to learn more about the Atlantic Ocean.