The Earth is covered in about 71% percent water. Most of life on Earth depends on water for survival. People travel to our oceans to swim in them, surf their waves, and explore them, but how much do we really know about the depths below our surface? Here’s a few things you might not know about Earth’s oceans.
– Our deep seas hold more antiques and treasures than all of the museums combined in the world.
-The Mid-Oceanic Range is the longest mountain range in the world and exists underwater. It runs for 35,000 miles. It has peaks higher than those in the Alps.
-We know more about the moon’s surface and Mars’s surface than the depths of Earth’s oceans. 12 people have stepped foot on the moon and only three have stepped foot in the Mariana Trench, which is the deepest part of the ocean, about 7 miles down.
-94% of Earth’s life is aquatic.
-The Great Barrier Reef spans over 1,600 miles and is the greatest living structure on the family. It can even be seen from space!
-Half of United States territory lies below the ocean.
-The average depth of the ocean is 12,400 feet. Light can only penetrate 330 feet, so most of our planet is in constant darkness.
-The water of Earth’s oceans takes around a thousand years to travel all around the globe.
-At the ocean’s deepest point, the water pressure is the equivalent of having 50 jumbo jets on top of you.
-Tamu Massif, the world’s largest underwater volcano is as big as the state of New Mexico.
There’s some much to be discovered about Earth’s oceans and it’ll be exciting to see how technology improves in the years ahead and our ability to explore our oceans improve as well. Whether or not this information is new, now you know something new about Earth’s oceans.
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