Quick Bite: The Arctic vs. the World
There are many things about the Arctic Ocean that make it unique. Take a look at the bathymetric map of the Arctic to the right (credit: IBCAO) (click on it for a larger view). Bathymetry is to the oceans what topography is to land - it is how deep the sea floor is. What do you notice about the Arctic Ocean and its bathymetry? Now look at the bathymetric maps of Earth's other ocean basins below (credit: GEBCO) (click on the image for access to larger versions of each). How does the Arctic Ocean compare to other oceans?