What are the rivers that drain into the Pacific Ocean?

What are the rivers that drain into the Pacific Ocean?

The rivers that flow into the Pacific from China and Southeast Asia are the most important; their basins sustain more than one-fourth of the world's population. Subscribe to Britannica Premium to receive access to special material.

The Ganges, Indus, Brahmaputra, Salween, Yangtze, and Yellow Rivers all drain into the Indian Ocean. The Amur, Mekong, and Malay Rivers flow into Russia. The Colorado, Jemez, Nechako, Stikine, and Fraser Rivers drain North America.

The longest river in each country is listed below: USA: Missouri River/Canada: Mackenzie River/Russia: Yenisei River

Other significant rivers include the Amazon (which flows into both the Atlantic and the South American oceans), the Orinoco (in Venezuela), the Niger (in Africa), the Delaware (United States), the Dnipro (Ukraine), and the Po (Italy).

Many islands in Oceania and South Asia lie in the waters that flow into the Pacific Ocean from Indonesia and Australia. These include Java, Bali, Sumatra, and New Guinea. Madagascar and India are also large islands in the Indian Ocean but they are too small to be considered as part of Asia.

What is the Pacific Basin definition?

The Pacific basin encompasses the Pacific Ocean's water areas and islands, as well as the Pacific coastline regions of Asia, Australia, South and North America, and Antarctica. Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Singapore have islands and island groupings that border the continent.

The Pacific basin extends from the Asian mainland to the Antarctic continent and includes both land and ocean areas. It is bounded on the north by the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and the Alaskan Panhandle region; on the south by the Antarctic continent and the Indian Ocean; and on the west and southwest by the Americas.

In addition to these physical boundaries, there are two political divisions of the Pacific basin: East Asia and West Asia. These terms are used by scholars to describe the different relationships that countries in the region have with each other. Countries in East Asia have economic ties but do not share sovereignty with any other country while those in West Asia have shared borders with every country in the world for decades if not centuries.

East Asia includes China, Japan, Mongolia, South Korea, and Taiwan. West Asia includes all countries in the Middle East and North Africa along with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Both East Asia and West Asia include territories that lie outside of their respective political divisions - such as Guam for East Asia or Vatican City for West Asia. These areas are known as Overseas Territories.

Are there any rivers that drain into the ocean?

However, the majority of the world's largest rivers flow into seas and oceans. For example, the Nile empties into the Mediterranean Sea; the Amazon empties into the Atlantic Ocean; the Yangtze River empties into the East China Sea; the Mississippi-Missouri empties into the Gulf of Mexico; the Yenisei empties into the Arctic Ocean; and the Yellow River empties into the Bohai Sea. Many other large rivers also empty into bodies of water other than oceans or seas.

Rivers are usually named after their sources in geography books or surveys. These names often have historical significance and may not reflect the current state of the river. For example, the Rhine used to be known as the Oeris (or Erse) until it reached the North Sea. Today, however, it is only about 30% water at its lowest point during the winter months.

Because they carry so much water, rivers can have a huge impact on geography and climate. They can cause floods by releasing stored water vapor when it rains a lot or drains away soil when there's a drought. Rivers can also move huge amounts of rock and soil which then become exposed leaving landforms called cliffs or deltas. Finally, some of the water in rivers is evaporative with none left for downstream users so they must make arrangements to share their resources.

There are many different types of rivers including broadsheets, braided streams, and tributaries. Broadsheets are large rivers that are generally flat or slightly sloping across their entire length.

What is the significance of the Pacific Ocean?

The Pacific Ocean is a significant contributor to the global economy, particularly for the nations whose seas it directly touches. It offers low-cost maritime transportation between the East and the West, as well as vast fishing grounds, offshore oil and gas reserves, minerals, and sand and gravel for the building sector. The ocean also provides climate stability for much of continental North America and Oceania.

The Pacific Ocean covers 30% of the Earth's surface and contains 28% of all marine life. It is important for sustaining life on our planet because it provides water for human consumption, shelters many species from heat and cold, and stores carbon dioxide so that it can be released into the atmosphere when the oceans freeze in winter and bloom in summer with phytoplankton - the basis of the food chain for much of what lives in the sea. It also plays an important role in regulating the Earth's climate.

Oceanographers study the ocean to learn more about climate change and other environmental issues. Scientists have used satellites to make maps of underwater volcanoes, hurricanes, and ice shelves. They have also studied sediment cores taken from beneath continents that reveal past temperatures, sea levels, and other aspects of ocean and climate history over thousands of years. Marine biologists research different species of fish, turtles, dolphins, and whales to understand how they evolved with their environment over time. Fishermen depend on the ocean for their livelihood; without them, there would be no seafood available in commercial quantities.

What is the ecosystem of the Pacific Ocean?

The Pacific Ocean ecosystem is significant since it covers almost one-third of the Earth's surface. The Pacific Ocean ecosystem contains numerous smaller ecosystems due to its size, including kelp forests, coral reefs, atolls, and abyssal water columns.

The Pacific Ocean ecosystem provides habitat for many species of fish, algae, plants, birds, mammals, and reptiles. It is also a major source of food for people who live in or near the ocean. Finally, the ocean plays an important role in maintaining Earth's climate because it absorbs heat from the sun that would otherwise cause global warming.

There are seven main types of ecosystems found in the Pacific Ocean: upwelling areas, continental shelves, islands, marine parks, protected waters, and open seas.

Upwelling areas are characterized by high levels of activity in the ocean's surface currents. These currents bring cold water from deep inside the oceanic basin to the surface. This cold water causes sea creatures living in these areas to move toward the sun so they can find warmer temperatures. This process helps increase the amount of nutrients in the water that help support life in these areas. Upwelling occurs when winds blow across the surface of the ocean causing waves to break against the coast, bringing with them tides and rain that contribute further to the growth of vegetation which feeds off the minerals in the ocean's water.

What kinds of fish are found in the Pacific Ocean?

The Pacific Ocean is home to about 25,000 islands (more than half of the world's islands), the majority of which are located south of the equator. The Pacific's most valuable asset is its fish. The continents' and more temperate islands' coastline waters offer herring, salmon, sardines, snapper, swordfish, and tuna, as well as shellfish. Pacific Ocean maps and descriptions include coral reefs, volcanic islands, and deserts made up of ice packs and snow.

Fish are an important part of life for people who live on islands across the world. Not only do they provide much-needed food, but they also provide money through fishing licenses and tourism. Fish play a role in religion too. Some islanders worship their fish gods to ask them for good catches or to forgive misdeeds.

Islands in the Pacific Ocean have many different types of fish. Here are the five most common species found there:

Marine iguanas are large lizards with brownish-black skin and white spots that grow to be three feet long or more. They get their name from the raised skin flaps called "igus" that stick out from underneath their tails. These flaps help marine iguanas swim faster by reducing their surface area exposure to water. There are four species of marine iguana, all of which are found in the Caribbean and South America.

Anemones are sea anemones that contain hundreds of tiny animals called polyps.

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