SEA4Task12 - Deep Sea Vents A. Log Entry The Pacific Ocean...

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Deep Sea Vents A. Log Entry The Pacific Ocean is the largest of all of Earth’s oceans. According to the Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia (2008), the Pacific Ocean extends 13,900 km (8,637 mi) from north to south and its greatest width is 17,700 km (11,000 mi) from Panama to the Malay Peninsula and has a surface area of 155.6 million square kilometers (60.1 million square miles), not including any marginal seas. If we include the surface area of the marginal seas, we find a total surface area of 165.2 million square kilometers (Garrison, 2005, p. 465). There is enough area in the Pacific Ocean to hold all of the landmass on Earth with room left over. In addition to being the largest ocean in surface area, the Pacific Ocean is also home to the deepest point on Earth. The Mariana Trench, located off the coast of Guam, extends down 10,911 meters (35,797 feet) below sea level (Pacific Ocean, n.d.). The average depth of the Pacific Ocean is approximately 4,280 meters (14,000 feet). To find
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2010 for the course SEA SEA4 taught by Professor Unknown during the Fall '09 term at Western Governors.

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SEA4Task12 - Deep Sea Vents A. Log Entry The Pacific Ocean...

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