Extent of the Indian Ocean according to
The ocean-floor of the Indian Ocean is divided by spreading ridges and crisscrossed by aseismic structures
|Max. width||6,200 mi (10,000 km)|
|Surface area||68,556,000 km2 (26,470,000 sq mi)|
|Average depth||3,741 m (12,274 ft)|
|Max. depth||7,258 m (23,812 ft)|
The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's
The Indian Ocean is named after India. Called the Sindhu Mahasagara or the great sea of the Sindhu by the Ancient Indians, this ocean has been variously called Hindu Ocean, Indic Ocean, etc. in various languages. The Indian Ocean was also known earlier as the Eastern Ocean. The term was still in use during the mid-18th century.