Interesting facts about the Atlantic Ocean

Posted on May 18, 2022      103


The vast Atlantic Ocean is a beautiful place, incredibly interesting, but also dangerous. Over its surface from time to time, monstrous hurricanes are born, which then devastate the coasts, and only for modern and high-tech ships, they rarely pose a danger. In the past, only the most courageous captains and passengers dared to cross the Atlantic, especially since such a journey took a lot of time.

Facts about the Atlantic

  • It was named after the titan Atlas, one character of the ancient Greek epic. According to legend, Atlas (aka Atlantus) held the vault of heaven on his shoulders, keeping it from falling to earth.
  • At the deepest point of the Atlantic Ocean, research probes only found the bottom at 8,742 meters.
  • This ocean is second only to the Pacific Ocean in size.
  • About 40% of all fish in the world is caught here.
  • The Atlantic Ocean covers many times the area of any country. For example, it occupies over 180 times the area of Spain.
  • The Atlantic Ocean touches the borders of almost 100 countries.

  • The longest current in the world, the Gulf Stream, is located here in the Atlantic.
  • The width of the Atlantic Ocean because of the movement of tectonic plates increases by 3-4 centimeters per year.
  • The height of the tides here can be record-breaking. In some bays communicating with the Atlantic Ocean, it reaches 15-18 meters. This is roughly equal to the height of a 5-6 story apartment building.
  • The Atlantic waters are home to an incredibly large number of creatures. There are 245 species of plankton alone.
  • Three of the world’s ten largest rivers flow into it.
  • The Amazon and Mississippi alone carry about 1 billion tons of soil into the Atlantic Ocean each year. About 1.8 billion tons of solid sediment settle to the bottom of it every year.
  • It takes up about 17% of our planet.
  • The Atlantic Ocean accounts for a quarter of all liquid water in the world.
  • Its bottom sediments are up to 2 kilometers thick in some places.
  • The Sargasso Sea, the only landlocked sea in the world, is in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Ocean waters in the south can be freezing. Record temperature over the surface of the Atlantic was -34 degrees.

  • In the Atlantic Ocean, the Bermuda Triangle still conceals many mysteries.
  • At its bottom is hidden a powerful mountain range that actually divides the ocean bed into two unimaginably vast plains.
  • People have attempted 5 times to cross the Atlantic Ocean in hot air balloons, but not once have they been successful.
  • Wind speeds in hurricanes originating in the Atlantic tropical belt sometimes exceed 200 km/h. The most powerful storms usually hit the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The Atlantic Ocean got Greenland, which is the largest island on Earth.
  • In the middle of the 19th century, a massive project to lay a telegraph cable across the bottom of the Atlantic began. Its completion required astronomical sums of money and nearly 15 years of time.
  • The total volume of water in the Atlantic Ocean is roughly comparable to the volume of all the ice in Antarctica.
  • It is the only ocean on Earth that runs through all the existing climate belts from north to south.
  • In the past century there was an honorary award - the Blue Ribbon of the Atlantic, which received steamships that crossed the ocean for a certain time. With the development of faster ships and aviation, it was gradually forgotten.
  • In 2010, an explosion at an oil production platform in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the largest ecological disaster at sea in the history of mankind.
  • The first person to cross the Atlantic was the brave discoverer Columbus.
  • The average depth of the Atlantic Ocean is approximately 3,736 meters.
  • According to historical research, the Vikings on their ships more than a thousand years ago crossed the Atlantic Ocean, reaching Greenland and North America. But the discoverer is still considered being Columbus, because there is no conclusive evidence of such long sea voyages of the Vikings.

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