The name is derived from the Latin name Tepre Pacificum, 'peaceful sea', bestowed upon it by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Pacific means peaceful. Ferd…inand Magellan named the Pacific Ocean 'pacific', after passing through the Straits of Magellan and around Cape Horn, because it seemed so calm and peaceful in comparison to the stormy waters he had just sailed through. (MORE)
Assuming the question was meant to be worded as follows: What continent can you not be found on if you are facing east and the pacific ocean is in front of you: Asia, Australi…a, or South America? The answer is South America. If on South America, and facing east, you would be facing toward the Atlantic Ocean. On the other hand, if on Asia or Australia and facing east, you would be facing toward the Pacific Ocean.(MORE)
No, it is the largest ocean. It might not be the longest, although it sort of is the longest joint with the Atlantic Ocean, but its definitely the widest. The smallest ocean… is the Arctic Ocean.(MORE)
the pacific and Atlantic ocean or not connected because the central America blocks it.... The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans! +++ Wrong! They AR…E connected naturally, past the Southern tip of South America, and over the North Pole, whose ice-cap is floating ice, not land. They are separate oceans only because we choose to name them as such for convenience. The seas of the world are all one, albeit with their own circulations etc. (MORE)
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