Then name “Atlantic” came from the Greek word “Atlantikos” which means “Sea of Atlas”.
Atlas was the titan who had to stand on the edge of the Earth and carry the heavens on his shoulder as a punishment from Zeus, because Atlas had fought against the Olympian gods, for the control of the heavens.
The Atlantic Ocean is situated between the continents of America, Europe and Africa.
The Atlantic Ocean is the second biggest Ocean in the world. It is around half of the size of the Pacific Ocean, which is the largest Ocean.
The Atlantic Ocean covers roughly 21% of the Earth’s surface.
The average depth of the Atlantic Ocean is about 11,000 feet. It’s greatest depth is the Milwaukee Deep in Puerto Rico, at about 28,000 feet.
The greatest width in the Atlantic Ocean is between Brazil and Sierra Leone, at 1770 miles or 2,848 km.
The Atlantic Ocean is separated into two parts, North and South Atlantic.
Water is vital to all forms of life, and it is most likely that life on Earth began in the Oceans. Oceans also make life on land possible, so without them, humans could not exist.
The Atlantic Ocean is one of five Oceans on our planet. The other four is the, Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Arctic Ocean and the Southern Ocean.
The five Oceans combined, cover up to 71% of the Earth’s surface.
The five Oceans are all connected together, which in turn are divided up by the world’s seven continents.
The Atlantic Ocean is connected to the Pacific Ocean at the man-made Panama Canal.
Earth also has smaller bodies of water that are partly enclosed by land, called the seas. The three largest seas are the Caribbean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the South China Sea.
Tides in the Oceans are caused by the Moons and Sun’s gravitational force on water while the Earth spins.
The Gulf Stream is a very powerful warm current that has a large impact on the climate of the east coast of USA and western Europe. It brings warm water from the Gulf of Mexico into the Atlantic Ocean.
The world’s longest mountain range is actually under the Atlantic Ocean. It is called the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and it stretches over 35,000 miles along the Ocean bed.
The Atlantic Ocean provides us with more than just seafood, as ingredients from the sea can be found in many foods. Also many ingredients are used in medical products that help us fight cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.
The Bermuda Triangle is located in the Atlantic Ocean, which is believed to be responsible for many mysterious disappearances of airplanes and ships.
Many many years ago, many people taught the Earth was flat and one would fall off at a certain point, however Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, in 1492, proved them wrong when he sailed the Atlantic Ocean and came across the Americas.
The Cunard Line was the first ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean with passengers on board in the 1850s.
Greenland which is the largest island in the world, is located in the Atlantic Ocean. Other well known islands in the Atlantic is the Bahamas, the Canary islands, the Azores and the Cap Verde islands.
The Cancun Reef of the coast of Mexico is the second largest barrier reef in the world, and it’s home is the Atlantic Ocean. The largest is the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia, is found in the Pacific Ocean.
The two most well known waterways in the Atlantic Ocean are the Straits Of Gibraltar and Bosporus.
In 1912, the RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean killing 1,503 people, including passengers and crew, after colliding with an iceberg. It was traveling from Southampton to New York.
The Atlantic Ocean provides us with plenty of natural resources including fish, sand and gravel, placer deposits, natural gas, oil and precious stones.
The Atlantic Ocean is home to many marine life such as the whale, penguins, seals, sharks, turtles, sea lions, starfish, crabs, dolphins, sharks and various other fish species.
Global warming is causing sea levels to rise and the Oceans are getting warmer.
Environmental issues are having a serious effect on marine life in our oceans. Sea creatures such as the, whale, seal, turtle, sea otter and sea lion are all in danger of extinction.