National Geographic : 1969 Oct
Face and Floor of the "Peaceful Sea" And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. GENESIS 1:9 LARGEST OF ALL THE OCEANS, so vast that it could swallow all the conti nents, so deep that scientists call its low est reaches the "hadal zone," from Hades, the nether world-this is the Pacific. Here each new day is born along the zig zag of the Date Line. Here, too, just before tomorrow begins, is the spot where the first men to walk on the moon returned to earth. Mare Pacificum-peaceful sea-Magellan called it in 1521 after a serene and storm-free crossing to the Philippines. Yet hardly could a name be more misleading. For the Pacific is all too often swept by typhoons and seismic sea waves and jarred by earthquakes and volcanoes. A geologic teen-ager, it is youthful, restless, and still growing.