Facts about Ocean
Around 70% of our planet, earth’s surface is covered by oceans. We have explored only 55 of it and there is a lot more to be discovered. Around 95% of the life on earth is aquatic. The average depth of our oceans is 12,500 feet. Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean on the earth, covering about 30% of the surface. The name Pacific Ocean has been derived from the Latin word that means ‘peaceful sea’. More than 60% of oxygen that we breathe is produced by the oceans. The deep sea can be called as the largest museum of the planet. There are many artefacts and remnants of the history.
Quick Facts: –
- In terms of legal jurisdiction, 50% of the United States lies below the Ocean.
- The longest mountain range in the world, called the Mid-Oceanic Ridge is under the ocean.
- The world’s oceans contain about 20 million tons of gold collectively.
- Jellyfish are one of the most efficient swimmers of the ocean.
- Tamu Massif is the largest underwater volcano. It is nearly the size of New Mexico.
- Mariana Trench is the deepest point at a depth of 36,198 feet. It is located in the western Pacific.
- The average temperature of the ocean is 2°C.
- The sea is home to the largest living structure on earth, the Great Barrier Reef, measuring about 1,243 miles.
- Water takes around 1000 years to travel all the way around the entire globe.
- The most remote point in the ocean is known as Point Nemo.
- Tsunamis are caused by offshore earthquakes.
- Light can only penetrate about 330 feet.