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Pacific Ocean Quiz

Test your knowledge of the Pacific Ocean

  1. Which oceanic trench in the Pacific is the deepest on Earth?
  2. Which country is the only place where you can see the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic?
  3. Which sea of the Western Pacific Ocean is the largest sea in the world?
  4. The Pacific Ocean was originally called Mar PacĂ­fico. What does this translate to?
  5. What's the name of the world's largest coral reef system?
  6. Who was the first Englishman to see the Pacific Ocean in 1573 by climbing a tree?

  7. In the United States the five Pacific states are California, Alaska, Hawaii and which two others?
  8. What common name is given to the tectonic belt of volcanoes and earthquakes that surrounds most of the Pacific Ocean?
  9. Which Portuguese explorer gave the ocean its name?
  10. The airline Cathay Pacific is located in which city?
  11. Who composed the music to the musical South Pacific?
  12. Pacific Heights is a neighborhood in which American city?
  13. Which island located in Melanesia is the biggest in the Pacific Ocean?
  14. What name is widely used to describe the climate pattern that occurs every few years resulting in warm sea surface temperatures?
  15. Which group of four volcanic islands is the only British Overseas Territory in the Pacific Ocean?
  16. Why did the SS Ancon become famous on August 15, 1914?
  17. Which Scottish sailor spent four years and four months as a castaway on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific?
  18. Which people call the Pacific Ocean: Te Moana Nui a Kiwa?
  19. Which territory of the United States is the largest island in Micronesia?
  20. What informal name is often given to the Tasman Sea by Australians and New Zealanders?
  21. Which stait is considered the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans?
  22. Which region in the Pacific ocean is also the name of a parrot in the Dr. Doolittle books?
  23. What is Canada's largest city on the Pacific coast?


  1. The Mariana Trench
  2. Panama
  3. The Philippine Sea
  4. Peaceful sea
  5. The Great Barrier Reef
  6. Sir Francis Drake
  7. Oregon, Washington
  8. The Ring of Fire
  9. Ferdinand Magellan
  10. Hong Kong
  11. Richard Rodgers
  12. San Francisco
  13. New Guinea
  14. El Nino
  15. The Pitcairn Islands
  16. First cargo and passenger ship through the Panama Canal
  17. Alexander Selkirk
  18. Maoris
  19. Guam
  20. The Ditch
  21. The Strait of Magellan
  22. Polynesia
  23. Vancouver