What is the width of the pacific ocean?

Extending approximately 15,500 kilometres (9,600 mi) from the Bering Sea in the Arctic to the northern extent of the circumpolar Southern Ocean at 60° S, the Pacific reaches its greatest east-west width at about 5°N latitude, where it stretches approximately 19,800 kilometres (12,300 mi) from Indonesia to the coast of Colombia and Peru – halfway across the world, and more than five times the diameter of the Moon.

The Pacific Ocean is one of the world's five oceans. It is the largest with an area of 60.06 million square miles (155.557 million square kilometers) and it stretches from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south. It also sits between Asia and Australia as well as between Asia and North America and Australia and South America.

With this area, the Pacific Ocean covers about 28% of the Earth's surface and it is, according to the CIA's The World Factbook, "almost equal to the total land area of the world." In addition, the Pacific Ocean is usually divided into the North and South Pacific regions with the equator serving as the division between the two.

Because of its large size, the Pacific Ocean, like the rest of the world's oceans, was formed millions of years ago and has a unique topography. It also plays a significant role in weather patterns around the globe and in today's economy.

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