Oceans

Don't Drink Saltwater!

Drinking seawater dehydrates your body. It will cause your body would have to urinate more water than you drank to get rid of all that extra salt, leaving you thirstier than you were before.

Why is Ocean the Important to Life on Earth?

Oceans are the lifeblood of planet Earth and humankind. They flow over nearly three-quarters of our planet, and hold 97% of the planet's water. They produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere, and absorb the most carbon from it. Also, the ocean is it's own ecosystem filed with fish and plants.

How are Ocean Currents Related to the Earth's Climate?

Ocean currents act much like a conveyor belt, transporting warm water and precipitation from the equator toward the poles and cold water from the poles back to the tropics. Thus, currents regulate global climate, helping to counteract the uneven distribution of solar radiation reaching Earth's surface.

Zones of the Ocean

There are quite a few layers of the ocean and they are all very different from one another. To learn about the Sunlit-Hadal Zones, click the link below!

Pressure, Temperature, and Ocean Depth

Watch some of the videos below to learn about Pressure, Temperature, and Ocean Depth.

Resources from the Ocean

  • Fisheries of today provide about 16% of the total world's protein with higher percentages occurring in developing nations
  • The ocean is an increasingly important source of biomedical organisms with enormous potential for fighting disease
  • It's used for transportation—both travel and shipping
  • It provides a source of recreation for humans
  • It is mined for minerals (salt, sand, gravel, and some manganese, copper, nickel, iron, and cobalt can be found in the deep sea)
  • Drilled for oil

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Created with images by lpittman - "divers underwater ocean" • SheldonPhotography - "Saltwater State Park" • voltamax - "lighthouse sea ocean" • vjacob1 - "christmastree worms close-up thailand" • lpittman - "divers underwater ocean" • skeeze - "world earth planet" • lucatelles - "dive blue diving deep" • tpsdave - "russia oil platform rig"

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