Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is the third-largest of the world's five oceanic divisions, covering 70,560,000 km2 (27,240,000 sq mi) or ~19.8% of the water on Earth's surface.[5] It is bounded by Asia to the north, Africa to the west and Australia to the east. To the south it is bounded by the Southern Ocean or Antarctica, depending on the definition in use.[6] Along its core, the Indian Ocean has some large marginal or regional seas such as the Arabian Sea, Laccadive Sea, Somali Sea, Bay of Bengal, and Andaman Sea.

Indian Ocean
Extent of the Indian Ocean according to International Hydrographic Organization
LocationSouth and Southeast Asia, Western Asia, Northeast, East and Southern Africa and Australia
Coordinates20°S 80°E
TypeOcean
Max. length9,600 km (6,000 mi) (Antarctica to Bay of Bengal)[1]
Max. width7,600 km (4,700 mi) (Africa to Australia)[1]
Surface area70,560,000 km2 (27,240,000 sq mi)
Average depth3,741 m (12,274 ft)
Max. depth7,258 m (23,812 ft)
(Java Trench)
Shore length166,526 km (41,337 mi)[2]
SettlementsAbu Dhabi, Adelaide, Aden, Addu City, Banda Aceh, Bengkulu City, Chabahar, Chennai, Chittagong, Cilacap, Colombo, Cox's Bazar, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Denpasar, Djibouti, Doha, Dubai, Durban, Fuvahmulah, Georgetown, Port Elizabeth, Hafun, Hurghada, Jeddah, Karachi, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Kuwait City, Malé, Port of Mongla, Manama, Mangalore, Maputo, Mogadishu, Mombasa, Mumbai, Muscat, Pacitan, Padang, Panaji, Perth, Phuket, Port Sudan, Puducherry, Sabang, Socotra, Suez, Thiruvananthapuram, Victoria, Visakhapatnam, Yangon
References[3]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.
The Indian Ocean, according to the CIA The World Factbook[4] (blue area), and as defined by the IHO (black outline - excluding marginal waterbodies).

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