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Indian ocean

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Indian ocean

a body of water covering approximately one-fifth of the total ocean area of the earth, extending amidst africa in the west, australia in the east, asia in the north, and antarctica in the south. Including the red sea and the persian gulf, it constitutes the third largest ocean after the atlantic ocean and the pacific ocean. (new encyclopaedia britannica micropaedia, 15th ed, 1990, p289)