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All About Oceans
We have all probably heard the news about the droughts and lack of clean drinking water for many parts of the world. As sad as that is our planet is not without water, unfortunately it’s just not all drinkable. Let’s take a tour around the oceans of our planet They may be undrinkable, but they are still fascinating.
Seventy percent of earth is made up of water. In other words, if we were to take a cube and fill it with the ocean’s water it would be 621 square miles (1,000 kilometers). The largest ocean is the Pacific, covering around 30 percent of the earth’s surface, while the second largest is the Atlantic at 21 percent, the third is the Indian ocean at 14 percent, then the Arctic and Antarctic respectively. These oceans vary in temperature and are all connected due to the ocean’s currents which circulates the water throughout the world. It’s no surprise that 50 to 80 percent of all life on the planet can be found in the ocean. However, scientists have only explored about 5 percent of what lies within these bodies of water.
With all this water around, there is bound to be a very deep spot. The Mariana Trench is located east of the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific Ocean. This massive “hole” is the deepest spot measuring in at 36,000 feet down (11,000 meters) – imagine what is lurking in the depths of this trench. The average depth of the ocean is around 12,400 feet (3,779 meters). If we were able to swim to the bottom of the ocean we would experience tremendous pressure. In fact, it would be like trying to support 50 jumbo jets.
Along with a massive trench the ocean is also home to the longest mountain range. These mountains can be found running through the Atlantic ocean then wanders into the Indian and Pacific oceans. It comprises 23 percent of earth’s total surface by measuring in at upwards of 35,000 miles (56,327 kilometers) with higher peaks than the Alps.
The ocean doesn’t only have mountains and trenches it is also home to volcanos. It is estimated that around 5,000 active underwater volcanoes are present in the world today. These can stand alone or form ridges with other volcanic rock. The tallest peaks of these volcanoes will rise above the water and eventually form an island. In fact, the longest volcanic ridge is 15,000 miles long (2,400 kilometers). Where is it? The Hawaiian Islands, of course.
If these few facts have whet your appetite for more ocean fun facts, check out the internet, or visit your local library. The ocean is not only teeming with life and force, its a fascinating world to visit.
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