The Atlantic Coast has fascinated people for millennia.
Here are some interesting facts about our favorite ocean.
- The Atlantic Ocean, the second-largest ocean on earth after the Pacific Ocean.
- The Atlantic Ocean covers 47 million square miles, roughly the size of 7 United
- The Atlantic Ocean covers 20% of the world’s total surface.
- The Atlantic Ocean is incredibly deep with its deepest point off the coast of Puerto Rico. Waters here reach down an average of 11,000 feet, or 2 miles!
- The state of Florida has the largest amount of coastal land bordering the Atlantic Ocean than any other US state.
- The name ‘Atlantic’ dates back to Greek mythology and translates to ‘Sea of Atlas.’ Atlas was the titan responsible for standing on the very edge of the earth and hoisting up the heavens on his shoulders, a punishment derived from Zeus after the two fought for control of the heavens.
- The Atlantic Ocean was the first to ever be crossed by ship and flown over by plane.
- The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is a mountain range that is completely under water in the Atlantic. In fact, its the longest mountain range on earth. It runs approximately 10,000 miles south from Iceland.
- Animals that live in the Atlantic include the manatee, humpback whale, sea lion, starfish, catfish, crab, lobster, penguins, sea turtles, seals, various shark species, and thousands of species of fish.