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Dimensions of the Ocean and Marginal Seas

  • Grades: 6–8, 9–12

 
Area Mean Depth Volume
Body of Water thousands of square km thousands of square miles meters feet thousands of cubic km thousands of cubic miles
Oceans
Arctic 14,090 5,440 1,205 3,954 17,000 4,100
North Pacific 83,462 32,225 3,858 12,658 322,000 77,200
South Pacific 65,521 25,298 3,891 12,766 254,900 61,150
North Atlantic 46,772 18,059 3,285 10,778 153,600 36,850
South Atlantic 37,364 14,426 4,091 13,423 152,800 36,660
Indian 81,602 31,507 4,284 14,056 349,600 83,870
Antarctic (Southern) 32,249 12,451 3,730 12,238 120,300 28,860
Tributaries to the Arctic Ocean
Norwegian Sea 1,383 534 1,742 5,716 2,408 578
Greenland Sea 1,205 465 1,444 4,738 1,740 417
Barents Sea 1,405 542 229 751 322 77
White Sea 90 35 89 292 8 2
Kara Sea 883 341 118 387 104 25
Laptev Sea 650 251 519 1,703 338 81
East Siberian Sea 901 348 58 190 53 13
Chukchi Sea 582 225 88 289 51 12
Beaufort Sea 476 184 1,004 3,294 478 115
Baffin Bay 689 266 861 2,825 593 142
Tributaries to the North Atlantic
North Sea 600 232 91 299 55 13
Baltic Sea 386 149 86 282 33 8
Mediterranean 2,516 971 1,494 4,902 3,758 902
Black Sea 461 178 1,166 3,826 537 129
Caribbean Sea 2,754 1,063 2,491 8,173 6,860 1,646
Gulf of Mexico 1,543 596 1,512 4,961 2,332 559
Gulf of Saint Lawrence 238 92 127 417 30 7
Hudson Bay 1,232 476 128 420 158 38
Tributary to the South Atlantic
Gulf of Guinea 1,533 592 2,996 9,830 4,592 1,102
Tributaries to the Indian Ocean
Red Sea 450 174 588 1,831 251 60
Persian Gulf 241 93 40 131 10 2
Arabian Sea 3,863 1,492 2,734 8,970 10,561 2,534
Bay of Bengal 2,172 839 2,586 8,485 5,616 1,347
Andaman Sea 602 232 1,096 3,596 660 158
Great Australian Bight 484 187 950 3,117 459 110
Tributaries to the North Pacific
Gulf of California 177 68 818 2,684 145 35
Gulf of Alaska 1,327 512 2,431 7,976 3,226 774
Bering Sea 2,304 890 1,598 5,243 3,683 884
Sea of Okhotsk 1,590 614 859 2,818 1,365 327
Sea of Japan 978 378 1,752 5,748 1,713 411
Yellow Sea 417 161 40 131 17 4
East China Sea 752 290 349 1,145 263 63
Sulu Sea 420 162 1,139 3,737 478 115
Celebes Sea 472 182 3,291 10,798 1,553 373
Tributaries to both the North and South Pacific
South China Sea 3,685 1,423 1,060 3,478 3,907 937
Makassar Strait 194 75 967 3,173 188 45
Molukka Sea 307 119 1,880 6,168 578 139
Ceram Sea 187 72 1,209 3,967 227 54
Tributaries to the South Pacific
Java Sea 433 167 46 151 20 5
Bali Sea 119 46 411 1,348 49 12
Flores Sea 121 47 1,829 6,001 222 53
Savu Sea 105 41 1,701 5,581 178 43
Banda Sea 695 268 3,064 10,053 2,129 511
Ceram Sea 187 72 1,209 3,967 227 54
Timor Sea 615 237 406 1,332 250 60
Arafura Sea 1,037 400 197 646 204 49
Coral Sea 4,791 1,850 2,394 7,855 11,470 2,752

 

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