Atlantic Ocean

Earth's oceans
(World Ocean)

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The Atlantic Ocean is the world's second largest ocean. It covers a total area of about 106,400,000 square kilometres (41,100,000 square miles).[1] It covers about 20 percent of the Earth's surface.[1] It is named after the god Atlas from Greek mythology. Its name means "Sea of Atlas."[1]

Geologic history

The Atlantic formed when the Americas moved west from Eurasia and Africa. This began sometime in the Cretaceous period, roughly 135 million years ago. It was part of the break-up of the supercontinent Pangaea.[2]

The east coast of South America is shaped somewhat like the west coast of Africa, and this gave a clue that continents moved over long periods of time (continental drift). The Atlantic Ocean is still growing now, because of sea-floor spreading from the mid-Atlantic Ridge,[3] while the Pacific Ocean is said to be shrinking because the sea floor is folding under itself or subducting into the mantle.

Other Languages
адыгабзэ: Атлант Океан
Alemannisch: Atlantik
Ænglisc: Westsǣ
aragonés: Ocián Atlantico
azərbaycanca: Atlantik okean
bamanankan: Atlantik Kogoji
Bahasa Banjar: Lautan Atlantik
Bân-lâm-gú: Tāi-se-iûⁿ
башҡортса: Атлантик океан
беларуская: Атлантычны акіян
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Атлянтычны акіян
Bikol Central: Kadagatan Atlantiko
bosanski: Atlantski okean
brezhoneg: Meurvor Atlantel
davvisámegiella: Atlánta
dolnoserbski: Atlantiski ocean
Esperanto: Atlantiko
estremeñu: Oceanu Alánticu
Fiji Hindi: Atlantic Ocean
føroyskt: Atlantshavið
Fulfulde: Atalantik
Gàidhlig: Cuan Siar
贛語: 大西洋
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Thai-sî-yòng
한국어: 대서양
hornjoserbsce: Atlantiski ocean
hrvatski: Atlantski ocean
Bahasa Indonesia: Samudra Atlantik
interlingua: Oceano Atlantic
Interlingue: Atlantic Ocean
íslenska: Atlantshaf
kernowek: Keynvor Iwerydh
Kiswahili: Atlantiki
Kreyòl ayisyen: Oseyan Atlantik
кырык мары: Атланти океан
Lëtzebuergesch: Atlanteschen Ozean
lingála: Atlantíki
Lingua Franca Nova: Mar Atlantica
Livvinkarjala: Atlantan valdumeri
lumbaart: Ucean Atlantich
македонски: Атлантски Океан
მარგალური: ატლანტიშ ოკიანე
مازِرونی: اطلس اوقیانوس
Bahasa Melayu: Lautan Atlantik
Minangkabau: Samudra Atlantik
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Dâi-să̤-iòng
Nederlands: Atlantische Oceaan
Nedersaksies: Atlantische Ozeoan
日本語: 大西洋
Napulitano: Oceano Atlanteco
Nordfriisk: Atlantisk Oosean
Norfuk / Pitkern: Etlantic Oshen
norsk nynorsk: Atlanterhavet
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Atlantika okeani
Pangasinan: Dayat Atlantic
Papiamentu: Oceano Atlantiko
Перем Коми: Атлантика океан
Piemontèis: Océan Atlàntich
Tok Pisin: Solwara Atlantik
Plattdüütsch: Atlantik
português: Oceano Atlântico
Qaraqalpaqsha: Atlantika okeanı
qırımtatarca: Atlantik okean
rumantsch: Ocean Atlantic
русиньскый: Атлантічный океан
саха тыла: Атлантик далай
Gagana Samoa: Vasa Atalani
Sesotho sa Leboa: Atlantic Ocean
slovenčina: Atlantický oceán
slovenščina: Atlantski ocean
српски / srpski: Атлантски океан
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Atlantik
Basa Sunda: Samudra Atlantik
svenska: Atlanten
Taqbaylit: Agaraw Aṭlasi
tarandíne: Oceane Atlàndeche
татарча/tatarça: Атлантик океан
Türkçe: Atlas Okyanusu
Türkmençe: Atlantik okean
тыва дыл: Атлант океан
українська: Атлантичний океан
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: ئاتلانتىك ئوكيان
Vahcuengh: Dasihyangz
vepsän kel’: Atlantine valdmeri
Tiếng Việt: Đại Tây Dương
Volapük: Latlantean
文言: 大西洋
West-Vlams: Atlantischn Oceoan
吴语: 大西洋
粵語: 大西洋
žemaitėška: Atlanta ondėnīns
中文: 大西洋