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Largest solar-power array in the Pacific to be built by September
2014-04-23 15:09:17
Scientists identify source of mysterious sound in the Southern Ocean
2014-04-23 12:26:14
Scientists identify source of mysterious sound in the Southern Ocean
2014-04-23 12:26:14
Summit to Protect Oceans Opens
2014-04-23 11:39:43
Scientists solve mystery of Southern Ocean 'quacking' sound
2014-04-23 09:05:12
Malaysia Plane Search Tests Limits of Ocean Mapping Technology
2014-04-23 07:04:39
Scientists identify source of mysterious sound in the Southern Ocean
2014-04-22 23:00:00
Scientists identify source of mysterious sound in the Southern Ocean
2014-04-22 23:00:00
New NZ diplomatic role a boost for the Pacific - McCully
2014-04-22 22:55:01
Mystery creature behind bizarre ocean ‘quack’
2014-04-22 22:38:00
NZ politician says he has wide experience for new Pacific fisheries role
2014-04-22 21:02:34
Sport: Tonga to play Pacific Barbarians, accuse IRB of 'starving' Island teams
2014-04-22 17:55:47
Obama, Abe under pressure to salvage signature Pacific trade pact
2014-04-22 11:55:38
Obama, Abe under pressure to salvage signature Pacific trade pact
2014-04-22 11:55:38
New Zealand's McCully taking EU and ADB around Pacific
2014-04-22 11:47:54
Missing Malaysian jet MH370 may have landed and not ended in ocean?
2014-04-22 11:41:34
Japan will conduct Pacific whale hunt in wake of court ruling.
2014-04-22 04:00:05
Pacific Island gang member shot dead in court in Utah
2014-04-22 03:02:32
Japan's Amari Sees Distance To Japan-US Agreement On Trans-Pacific Partnership
2014-04-22 03:00:02
Pacific accord on maritime code could help prevent conflicts
2014-04-22 02:33:31
Sport: Pacific Games organisers focused on doing basics well
2014-04-21 19:35:15
Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive
2014-04-21 17:16:30
Pacific observers 'eyes and ears' of fisheries management
2014-04-21 11:04:45
Teenage pregnancies in Pacific remain high - UNPFA
2014-04-21 11:04:45
Red Cross urges Asia Pacific countries to take action against dengue
2014-04-21 11:04:44
What Is an Ocean Garbage Patch?
2014-04-21 06:22:09
Teenage stowaway survives flight over Pacific in jet wheel well
2014-04-21 03:03:30
‘Killer’ Sea Sponges: Four New Species Of Carnivorous Sponges Discovered In Deep Seas Of North Pacific
2014-04-20 01:40:05
Scanning the ocean floor for Flight 370
2014-04-19 11:12:36
‘Killer’ sponges: Scientists discover four new species off Pacific coast
2014-04-19 09:17:31
4 new species of 'killer' sponges discovered off Pacific coast
2014-04-19 08:17:34
Nkoka wins Two Oceans
2014-04-19 07:02:06
Japan to continue whaling in Pacific
2014-04-19 02:30:56
Cutting through debris on the ocean floor
2014-04-18 21:08:51
Two Oceans champ confident
2014-04-18 12:03:32

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Interesting facts and information about the Pacific Ocean

The Pacific Ocean, the world's largest body of water, encompasses an area of total: 165.384 million sq km
Note: includes Bali Sea, Bellingshausen Sea, Bering Sea, Bering Strait, Coral Sea, East China Sea, Flores Sea, Gulf of Alaska, Gulf of Tonkin, Java Sea, Philippine Sea, Ross Sea, Savu Sea, Sea of Japan, Sea of Okhotsk, South China Sea, Tasman Sea, East Timor Sea, and other tributary water bodies
The Pacific Ocean covers about 28% of the global surface; larger than the total land area of the world.
The average depth of the Pacific Ocean is 4637.53 Meters (4.637 km, 15,215ft, or 2.881miles).
The largest depth in the Pacific Ocean is located at the Mariana Trench, and is 11033.76 Meters (11.034 km, or 36,200 ft, 6.856 miles) deep, close to the Philipines.
At the deepest point in the ocean the pressure is more than 8 tons per square inch, or the equivalent of one person trying to support 50 jumbo jets.
The Pacific Ocean has many thousands of islands. In the west, there are large islands such as Japan, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea, then there are the smaller islands of Polynesia (whose name means many islands) and Tahiti. Further away to the east are isolated islands such as Pitcairn, Easter Island and the Galapagos.
Resources include: oil and gas fields, polymetallic nodules, sand and gravel aggregates, placer deposits, and fish.
Some ports and harbors include: Bangkok (Thailand), Hong Kong, Kao-hsiung (Taiwan), Los Angeles (US), Manila (Philippines), Pusan (South Korea), San Francisco (US), Seattle (US), Shanghai (China), Singapore, Sydney (Australia), Vladivostok (Russia), Wellington (NZ), Yokohama (Japan).
The Pacific contains about 25,000 islands (more than the rest of the world's oceans total combined), the majority of which are found south of the equator.
Not only is it the largest and deepest, it is probably the most violent of all oceans. The Pacific Ocean has typhoons in the equatorial regions, nearly 300 active volcanoes which vent steam and smoke on her borders, and tidal waves are periodically unleashed.
In comparison with the Pacific and the Indian Oceans, the Atlantic is the saltiest. The Pacific Ocean is less salty because of meteorological conditions. Salinity in the deeper waters of the Pacific averages about 34.65 ppt.
Seventeen independent nations are located in the Pacific: Australia, Fiji, Japan, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia,
Nauru
, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Republic of China (Taiwan), Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Also within the Pacific are the U.S. state of Hawaii and several island territories and
possessions of Australia, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Pacific Ocean is a major contributor to the world economy and particularly to those nations its waters directly touch. It provides low-cost sea transportation between East and West, extensive fishing grounds, offshore oil and gas fields, minerals, and sand and gravel for the construction industry. In 1996, over 60% of the world's fish catch came from the Pacific Ocean. Exploitation of offshore oil and gas reserves is playing an ever-increasing role in the energy supplies of Australia,
New Zealand
, China, US, and Peru. The high cost of recovering offshore oil and gas, combined with the wide swings in world prices for oil since 1985, has slowed but not stopped new drillings.
Cold, saline water that forms off the coast of Iceland can be found in the North Pacific Ocean, about 1000 years later
Ninety percent of all volcanic activity occurs in the oceans. In 1993, scientists located the largest known concentration of active volcanoes on the sea floor in the South Pacific. This area, the size of New York state, hosts 1,133 volcanic cones and sea mounts. Two or three could erupt at any moment.
Because of the depth of the Pacific Ocean, pacific tsunami (waves created by earthquakes) can reach speeds of over 750 kilometres per hour. The same velocity as a jet airplane.
The longest mountain range on Earth is really the Mid-Ocean Ridge. It extends from the Arctic Ocean, down the middle of the Atlantic, winding into the Pacific Ocean.
Tallest wave: In 1933 sailors on a United States naval ship recorded a 112-foot-tall wave in the Pacific Ocean.
The Province of British Columbia, Canada, has a shoreline along the Pacific Ocean, including the coasts of islands and land bordering estuaries, is 32,747 km long (20,348 miles).
The City of Vancouver, is the largest city on the west coast of Canada, closest to the Pacific Ocean.

 

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