The word Atlantic has actually been derived from the Greek word “Atlantikos” which actually means ‘Sea of Atlas’. The Atlantic Ocean is actually world-famous for covering approximately 25% of the Earth’s surface, and yes, that is A LOT. It is also the second-largest ocean in the world after the Pacific Ocean. It is known for separating the North and South Americas from Europe and Africa. It is also the first-ever ocean to ever be crossed by a ship or even a plane as well.
In this guide, I will be listing out some very interesting facts about the Atlantic Ocean, which are all applicable and useful to children too. I am sure that children will be fascinated by them too.
- The Atlantic Ocean is actually believed to have formed during the Jurassic Period, and it is easily more than 150 million years old.
- The Atlantic Ridge is actually an underwater mountain range which has been very famous for being located under the Atlantic Ocean.
- The infamous Bermuda Triangle is known for having ships, boats and airplanes enter there and never come out, and it is actually located in the Atlantic Ocean. This triangular area is actually responsible for more than these mysteries too.
- The Puerto Rican Trench is known to be the deepest known point in the Atlantic Ocean.
- It is also the world’s saltiest sea with a water salinity level of around 35 parts per every thousand.
- The area which is covered by this ocean actually has some of the richest fishing resources on the planet.
- The average depth of this beautiful ocean has been recorded to be 11,000 feet.
- There are a lot of unusual creatures in this ocean.
- In the year 1912, the RMS Titanic sank in the Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg. It is still one of the most iconic and also one of the most talked about shipwrecks on this planet.
- The Atlantic Ocean is actually connected to the Pacific Ocean by way of a manmade Panama Canal. The actual entrance is actually located in the Caribbean Sea.
- It is also a very interesting fact that diamonds can actually be found in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Southern Africa. They can actually be scooped from the bed of the ocean.
- For the intensive mapping of the Atlantic Ocean, scientists have been known to make use of Sonar Waves.
- It is also a very surprising yet disturbing fact that we have explored a lot of the ocean, well it seems like a lot, but it amounts to only 2-3% of the entire ocean. There is 98% of the ocean yet to be explored.