It is considered the world's third largest ocean. The average depth of the ocean is about 13,000 feet. The northeastern part of the Indian Ocean is its deepest part. It is 26,400 feet below sea level.
Though it usually has gentle winds, hurricanes have been known to sweep over the ocean. Northeast monsoons occur between the months of December to April while southwest monsoons occur between June to October.
The Indian Ocean carries petroleum and petroleum products from the oilfields of the Persian Gulf and Indonesia. Fishing has become very important to the bordering countries for their own use as well as for exporting to other countries.
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 Indian Ocean. Let's take a look.
Africa borders the Indian Ocean to the west, Asia to the north, and Australia to the east. The Indian Ocean is about 73,523,316 sq. km, which is 28,387,000 sq. miles.