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  • end of Year Geography Quiz, Question 42:

    42. True of false: The Pacific is larger than all the world's other oceans put together.

  • #2
    True.

    Got a 50/50 chance. I'll take it.

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    • #3
      False.

      Got a 50/50 chance. I'll take it.

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      • #4
        The Pacific Ocean is smaller than all the other oceans combined. Answer must be false.

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        • #5
          False but not by a lot maybe 40- 45% of total is Pacific .
          How do you tell where one ends and the other begins exactly?
          Tom Hyland:
          "squack and wineturtle get it"

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          • #6
            Since water is involved, I figured this would devolve into an argument about the definition of bodies of water.

            And I'm glad someone did the obvious after my initial guess.

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            • #7
              Lines of longitude and latitude are used to divide the oceans. I believe the Pacific Ocean has close to 10 million square miles less than all the other oceans combined.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by wineturtle
                False but not by a lot maybe 40- 45% of total is Pacific .
                How do you tell where one ends and the other begins exactly?
                I'll venture 50/50....but as mentioned above, how can you be specific about the Pacific?

                And does an area that has been frozen for several thousand years count as Ocean or not?

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                • #9
                  42. False, but it's fairly close. The Pacific Ocean is 60 million square miles; the Atlantic, Indian, Arctic and Southern Oceans combined cover 69 million square miles

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                  • #10
                    and the addendum:

                    <<-- David Young wondered about Question 42: "True or false: The Pacific is larger than all the world's other oceans put together." He noted that our answer dealt only with the size of their respective surface areas. "What about volume?" he e-mailed. "Does the volume of the Pacific Ocean (with all those deep trenches) exceed the volume of the other oceans combined?"

                    Good question. An article in the online Encarta encyclopedia lists the Pacific Ocean's volume as 163.1 million cubic miles. The volumes of the Atlantic, Indian, Southern and Arctic oceans combined are listed as 166 million cubic miles. So, we're relieved to report, the answer in both cases (surface area, total volume) is the same: almost, but not quite.>>

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                    • #11
                      The Southern Ocean is a new one on me.

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                      • #12
                        I'd never heard of it either. Apparently, it's relatively new nomenclature. It certainly didn't exist as such when I was learning geography.

                        http://geography.about.com/od/learnabou ... hocean.htm

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tandfman
                          It certainly didn't exist as such when I was learning geography.
                          We've learned a lot since the Earth was flat . . .

                          :twisted:

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bad hammy
                            Originally posted by tandfman
                            It certainly didn't exist as such when I was learning geography.
                            We've learned a lot since the Earth was flat . . .

                            :twisted:
                            tandfman, as we used to say in junior high," he( bad hammy) sounded on you, man !

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by dukehjsteve
                              Originally posted by bad hammy
                              Originally posted by tandfman
                              It certainly didn't exist as such when I was learning geography.
                              We've learned a lot since the Earth was flat . . .

                              :twisted:
                              tandfman, as we used to say in junior high," he( bad hammy) sounded on you, man !
                              New Yorkese at its best- he sounded you out!
                              Tom Hyland:
                              "squack and wineturtle get it"

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