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The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering approximately 20% of the water on the Earth's surface.[1] It is bounded by Asia—including India, after which the ocean is named[2][3][4][5]—on the north, on the west by Africa, on the east by Australia, and on the south by the Southern Ocean (or, depending on definition, by Antarctica.)[6]

  1. The Indian Ocean and the Superpowers. Routledge. 1986. ISBN 0-7099-4241-9, 9780709942412 Check |isbn= value: invalid character (help). |first= missing |last= (help)Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css has no content.
  2. Harper, Douglas. "Online Etymology Dictionary". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 18 January 2011.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css has no content.
  3. Indo-American relations : foreign policy orientations and perspectives of P.V. Narasimha Rao and Bill Clinton By Anand Mathur; Page 138 “India occupies the central position in the Indian Ocean region that is why the Ocean was named after India”
  4. Politics of the Indian Ocean region: the balances of power By Ferenc Albert Váli; Page 25
  5. Geography Of India For Civil Ser Exam By Hussain; Page 12-251; "INDIA AND THE GEO-POLITICS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN"(16-33)
  6. "'Indian Ocean' — Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online". Retrieved 2012-07-07. ocean E of Africa, S of Asia, W of Australia, & N of Antarctica area ab 28,350,500 square miles (73,427,795 square kilometers)Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css has no content.