The Arctic Ocean is considered the smallest and most shallowest ocean of the world's five oceans.
Throughout most of the year, the ocean is covered with ice. The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) recognizes it as an ocean. Some oceanographers call it the Arctic Mediterranean Sea or simply the Arctic Sea.
Oceans make up at least two-thirds or 70 percent of our Earth's surface. There are five main oceans: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern, and Arctic. Below are some important facts about the Arctic Ocean. Let's take a look.
The Arctic Ocean is north of Asia, Europe, and North America in the north polar region. It merges with the Atlantic Ocean on both sides
The Arctic Ocean covers about 5,440,000 sq miles. It has an average depth of 5,010 feet while its greatest depth is 17,880 feet.