Atlantic Ocean Trivia: Do These Facts Float Your Boat?
by Jennifer Jordan
One of the joys of living in Florida is being able to go to the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Ocean allows you to take up surfing, collect seashells, walk on the beach, and get water up your nose why attempting to boogie board. One of the warmer places, there are things you can do in Florida’s Atlantic that you certainly can’t do in other ocean areas, making a visit to Florida’s beaches particularly appealing. But, how much do you really know about the Atlantic Ocean? Take our quiz to find out.
1. The Atlantic Ocean covers roughly how much of the Earth’s surface?
a. one quarter
b. one third
c. one fifth
d. all of it
2. The name, Atlantic, comes from Greek mythology. What does it mean?
a. Sea of Atlas
b. Sea of Angels
c. Sea of Atlantis
d. Sea of salt water
3. Which of the world’s oceans is the only one bigger than the Atlantic?
a. The Pacific
b. The Arctic
c. The Indian
d. Tampa Bay
4. What man is given credit for much of the early Atlantic Ocean knowledge discovered through a large amount of oceanic exploration?
a. Ferdinand Magellan
b. Sir Francis Drake
c. Henry the Navigator
d. Indiana Jones
5. The Atlantic Ocean has an average depth of approximately how many feet?
a. 25,000 feet
b. 50,500 feet
c. 11,000 feet
d. 3 feet in the shallow end, 8 feet in the deep end
6. The Atlantic Ocean might not be the largest ocean, but it has the largest what of all the oceans?
a. Drainage system
b. Coral Reef
c. School of fish
d. Mermaid population
7. What year did Charles Lindbergh make history by taking the first solo, non-stop transatlantic journey by airplane?
d. He never made a nonstop flight; he stopped for coffee a few times.
8. The tides of the Atlantic Ocean have been recorded by medieval monks since as early as when?
a. 600 AD
b. 450 BC
c. 250 AD
d. Medieval times…duh!
9. The Atlantic Ocean has the most productive what?
a. Seismic activity
b. Whale watching areas
c. Fishing grounds
d. Skiing resorts
10. On April 14, 1912, the Atlantic Ocean was the sight of what tragedy?
a. The Titanic hitting an iceberg
b. A meteorite exploding overhead, killing many sea animals
c. The first bombing with an airplane
d. Pinocchio was eaten by a whale
Answers: 1. c. one fifth; 2. a. Sea of Atlas; 3. a. The Pacific; 4. c. Henry the Navigator; 5. c. 11,000 feet; 6. a. Drainage system; 7. c. 1927; 8. a. 600 AD; 9. c. Fishing grounds; 10. a. The Titanic hitting an iceberg.
Sea How You Did:
9-10 Correct: You know your water; you are a whale of a trivia player.
6-8 Correct: Pretty good. You obviously have an ocean of knowledge about the Atlantic.
4-5 Correct: Though your score is under the sea of greatness, you still know a few sands of information.
Less than 3: Better luck next time; maybe you’re simply more of a mountain person.