10 Things You Never Knew About the Ocean
The world's oceans are a deep and majestic reminder of the world's natural beauty... but what do you really know about the ocean? This week we have lots of fun facts about the amazing ocean we all love so much! These are great to share with the kids or even to turn into a science lesson. One thing is for sure, the ocean will never cease to amaze and inspire us all.
The Ocean Is Blue Because Of the Sun
Did you know the sun is what makes the ocean appear blue? The ocean's color is the result of the suns red and orange wavelengths being absorbed by the surface of the ocean. As the blue wavelengths penetrate the surface of the ocean deeper and deeper, it creates a blue tint. And because those wavelengths can travel further down, the ocean will tend to appear more blue the lower you go. You may wonder why a glass of water doesn't appear blue. It's because there are not enough water molecules to absorb the wavelengths like the ocean.
You Can't Hold Your Breath This Long
Try holding your breath for over a mile! Did you know the Mariana Trench is considered to be the deepest part of the world’s oceans? Inside of the Trench is a valley known as Challenger Deep that extends roughly seven miles (36,070 feet) below the surface. Think about this, Mount Everest is only 29,029 feet high!
Jellyfish Are Really Old
According to scientists, jellyfish are the oldest multi-organ animal in the world and have existed in some form for at least 500 million years. The oldest known definitive jellyfish fossil dates back to 500 million years. WOW!
So you may not want to be stung by one, but check out this video and see the natural beauty of one of nature's oldest creations!
The Ocean Has a Waterfall
The Denmark Strait is a waterfall below the Atlantic Ocean that, in terms of water volume, is the equivalent of 2000 of the world’s most notable waterfalls! The water cascades an incredible 11,500 feet down. How does this happen? The water on the eastern side of the strait is colder and more dense than the warm water coming from the west. When the two waters mix, the colder supply sinks, creating a waterfall.
How Warm or Cold Is the Ocean?
The average temperature of the ocean's surface is 63 degrees. But what you may not know is just how cold the water can be. In fact, most of the water (when averaged) is actually between freezing and 38 degrees Fahrenheit. This is because the water is warmest near the surface where the sun's rays can warm it.
The Ocean Is Huge
Did you realize that 70% of the earth is covered by oceans and seas? That's a lot of water! Of course, the best part of that 70% is found right here on Oak Island!
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