The Pacific Ocean encompasses approximately one-third of the Earth's surface, having an area of 64.1 million square miles significantly larger than Earth's entire landmass, with room for another Africa to spare.
Extending approximately 9,600 mi from the Bering Sea in the Arctic to the northern extent of the circumpolar Southern Ocean at 60 (older definitions extend it to Antarctica's Ross Sea, the Pacific reaches its greatest east-west width at about 5-N latitude, where it stretches approximately 12,300 mi from Indonesia to the coast of Colombia halfway across the world, and more than five times the diameter of the Moon. The lowest known point on Earth the Mariana Trench lies 35,797 ft or 5,966 fathoms below sea level. Its average depth is 14,000 ft or 2,333 fathoms.
The Pacific Ocean is currently shrinking due to plate tectonics, while the Atlantic Ocean is increasing in size, by roughly an inch per year on 3 sides, roughly averaging 0.2 square miles a year.
The volume of the Paci...