The Atlantic Ocean, named after the Greek god Atlas, is the second-largest ocean in the world. The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world.
How Large is the Atlantic Ocean?
The Atlantic Ocean has an area of about 106,460,000 square kilometers (41,105,000 square miles). The Atlantic Ocean covers 20% of the Earth’s surface.
Where is the Atlantic Ocean Located?
The Atlantic Ocean is located between Africa, Europe, the Arctic Ocean, the Americas, and the Southern Ocean.
Basins of the Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic Ocean is divided into two basins: the North Atlantic and the South Atlantic. The North Atlantic is the larger of the two basins with an area of North Atlantic: 41,490,000 square kilometers (16,020,000 square miles).
Lowest Point in the Atlantic Ocean
The lowest point in the Atlantic Ocean is the Puerto Rico Trench, located at a depth of 8,376 meters (27,480 feet). This trench is located on the boundary between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Hurricanes are storms that occur in the Atlantic Ocean and northeastern Pacific Ocean (typhoons occur in the northwestern Pacific Ocean and cyclones happen in the South Pacific Ocean or Indian Ocean).
Hurricanes mostly form in the Atlantic Ocean between June and November each year.
Other Interesting Geography Facts About the Atlantic Ocean
Of the major oceans, the Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest on average.
The green, hawksbill, kemp’s ridley, leatherback, loggerhead, and olive ridley are six of the world’s seven sea turtle species that can be found in the Atlantic Ocean.
The following states and territories of the United States have Atlantic coastlines: Delaware, Florida, Maine, North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Virginia, and Puerto Rico.
The Sargasso Sea is located in the middle of the Northern Atlantic Subtropical Gyre (a gyre is a large system of rotating ocean currents) near the Bermuda Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. This sea is the only sea in the world without a coast.