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 for Indian Ocean
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Indian Ocean
      n 1: the 3rd largest ocean; bounded by Africa on the west, Asia
           on the north, Australia on the east and merging with the
           Antarctic Ocean to the south

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  Indian Ocean
  
     Introduction Indian Ocean
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                              Background: The Indian Ocean is the third-
                                          largest of the world's five oceans
                                          (after the Pacific Ocean and
                                          Atlantic Ocean, but larger than the
                                          Southern Ocean and Arctic Ocean).
                                          Four critically important access
                                          waterways are the Suez Canal
                                          (Egypt), Bab el Mandeb (Djibouti-
                                          Yemen), Strait of Hormuz (Iran-
                                          Oman), and Strait of Malacca
                                          (Indonesia-Malaysia).
    
     Geography Indian Ocean
     ----------------------
                                Location: body of water between Africa, the
                                          Southern Ocean, Asia, and Australia
                  Geographic coordinates: 20 00 S, 80 00 E
                          Map references: Political Map of the World
                                    Area: total: 68.556 million sq km
                                          note: includes Andaman Sea, Arabian
                                          Sea, Bay of Bengal, Great Australian
                                          Bight, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman,
                                          Mozambique Channel, Persian Gulf,
                                          Red Sea, Strait of Malacca, and
                                          other tributary water bodies
                      Area - comparative: about 5.5 times the size of the US
                               Coastline: 66,526 km
                                 Climate: northeast monsoon (December to
                                          April), southwest monsoon (June to
                                          October); tropical cyclones occur
                                          during May/June and October/November
                                          in the northern Indian Ocean and
                                          January/February in the southern
                                          Indian Ocean
                                 Terrain: surface dominated by
                                          counterclockwise gyre (broad,
                                          circular system of currents) in the
                                          southern Indian Ocean; unique
                                          reversal of surface currents in the
                                          northern Indian Ocean; low
                                          atmospheric pressure over southwest
                                          Asia from hot, rising, summer air
                                          results in the southwest monsoon and
                                          southwest-to-northeast winds and
                                          currents, while high pressure over
                                          northern Asia from cold, falling,
                                          winter air results in the northeast
                                          monsoon and northeast-to-southwest
                                          winds and currents; ocean floor is
                                          dominated by the Mid-Indian Ocean
                                          Ridge and subdivided by the
                                          Southeast Indian Ocean Ridge,
                                          Southwest Indian Ocean Ridge, and
                                          Ninetyeast Ridge
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Java Trench -7,258 m
                                          highest point: sea level 0 m
                       Natural resources: oil and gas fields, fish, shrimp,
                                          sand and gravel aggregates, placer
                                          deposits, polymetallic nodules
                         Natural hazards: occasional icebergs pose
                                          navigational hazard in southern
                                          reaches
            Environment - current issues: endangered marine species include
                                          the dugong, seals, turtles, and
                                          whales; oil pollution in the Arabian
                                          Sea, Persian Gulf, and Red Sea
                        Geography - note: major chokepoints include Bab el
                                          Mandeb, Strait of Hormuz, Strait of
                                          Malacca, southern access to the Suez
                                          Canal, and the Lombok Strait
    
    
    
     Economy Indian Ocean
     --------------------
                      Economy - overview: The Indian Ocean provides major sea
                                          routes connecting the Middle East,
                                          Africa, and East Asia with Europe
                                          and the Americas. It carries a
                                          particularly heavy traffic of
                                          petroleum and petroleum products
                                          from the oilfields of the Persian
                                          Gulf and Indonesia. Its fish are of
                                          great and growing importance to the
                                          bordering countries for domestic
                                          consumption and export. Fishing
                                          fleets from Russia, Japan, South
                                          Korea, and Taiwan also exploit the
                                          Indian Ocean, mainly for shrimp and
                                          tuna. Large reserves of hydrocarbons
                                          are being tapped in the offshore
                                          areas of Saudi Arabia, Iran, India,
                                          and western Australia. An estimated
                                          40% of the world's offshore oil
                                          production comes from the Indian
                                          Ocean. Beach sands rich in heavy
                                          minerals and offshore placer
                                          deposits are actively exploited by
                                          bordering countries, particularly
                                          India, South Africa, Indonesia, Sri
                                          Lanka, and Thailand.
    
    
     Transportation Indian Ocean
     ---------------------------
                       Ports and harbors: Chennai (Madras; India), Colombo
                                          (Sri Lanka), Durban (South Africa),
                                          Jakarta (Indonesia), Kolkata
                                          (Calcutta; India) Melbourne
                                          (Australia), Mumbai (Bombay; India),
                                          Richards Bay (South Africa)
    
    
     Transnational Issues Indian Ocean
     ---------------------------------
                Disputes - international: some maritime disputes (see littoral
                                          states)
    
                                         
  
  

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