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20 Facts about the Ocean

The ocean explores some of the deepest places of the earth, and many things about it remain a mystery to us! Here are 20 interesting facts about the ocean and oceanic life you may not have known.

  1. Ninety four percent of all life forms on Earth are aquatic.

  2. It is estimated that oceans and seas contain about twenty million tons of this precious metal.

  3. The deepest recorded point on the ocean floor is the Mariana Trench, with a depth of nearly 36,000 feet.

  4. Ninety percent of all volcanic activity on Earth happens in the ocean.

  5. The average temperature of the ocean’s surface water is 62.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

  6. The Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest body of water.

  7. Ocean and seawater are salty because they contain ions and minerals washed away from rocks on land.

  8. The earth is the only known planet to have oceans.

  9. The mass of the ocean’s surface is equivalent to that of the Earth’s whole atmosphere.

  10. The Great Pacific Garbage patch is a floating plastic garbage island that moves around inside the center of the Pacific’s rotating ocean current.

  11. Half of the oxygen that we breathe in is produced by seaweed and phytoplankton from the ocean.

  12. Even just a handful of oceanic water oncians millions of bacteria.

  13. The Indian Ocean is the hottest body of water.

  14. Phytoplanktons undergo photosynthesis.

  15. Microbes in the Pacific Ocean dating back to the Jurassic era were discovered in 2012.

  16. The ocean is full of glaciers, icebergs, and ice sheets.

  17. Sound travels faster in the ocean than in the air.

  18. The underwater Mid-Oceanic Mountain Ridge comprises about 23 percent of the Earth’s surface.

  19. The farthest that a human wearing a diving suit can reach under the ocean is 2000 feet.

  20. Humankind have set foot on the moon first, before they’ve even touched the bottom of the Mid-Oceanic Mountain Ridge.

BY: Nami Mahajan

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