How deep is the Indian ocean?

The deepest point in the Indian Ocean is the Java Trench, at 24,440 feet (7,450 meters) maximum depth; the average depth of the ocean is 11,000 feet (3,400 meters). The body of water covers 28,350,000 sq mi (73,427,000 sq km), and includes the Andaman Sea, Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, Flores Sea, Great Australian Bight, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Java Sea, Mozambique Channel, Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Savu Sea, Strait of Malacca, Timor Sea, and other tributary water bodies.

Natural resources of the Indian Ocean are shrimp, fish, gas fields, placer deposits, sand and gravel aggregates, and polymetallic nodules. Its endangered marine species are whales, turtles, seals, and the dugong.

In the news, a Pentagon official is said to have told the press that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down in the India Ocean. The warship USS Kidd has been dispatched to the area. Read more from the Mirror.

Updated on Wednesday, March 19 2014 at 03:41AM EDT
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