Take A Deep Dive Into These Ocean Facts (21 pics)

Posted in INTERESTING       11 Jun 2020       4615       10

June 8th is World Oceans Day

In 2008, June 8th was officially named World Oceans Day. It’s a day to celebrate the massive bodies of water that make up 70% of the Earth’s surface and also to promote conservation.

 

The ocean is blue because of the sun

The sun’s red and orange wavelengths are absorbed by the surface of the water like a filter, leaving the blue part of the light spectrum behind to be visible.


We can thank the ocean for our internet connection

There are miles of cable that criss-cross the world’s oceans like a gigantic web. International connections are maintained by feeding cables down near the ocean floor.

 

Most volcanic eruptions happen beneath the surface of the ocean

Up to 80% of volcanic eruptions go unnoticed by those on land. More than 1 million volcanoes spew molten hot lava below the surface of the ocean and create temperatures up to 750°F.

 

There are 20 million tons of untouchable gold in the ocean

Humans can’t collect it, as the gold is so diluted that it is measured in parts per trillion. About one liter of seawater might give 13-billionth of a gram.

 

Izismile Video Collection

The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of any ocean

Inside the trench is a valley known as Challenger Deep, which extends about 7 miles (36,070 feet) below the surface. To give you an idea of how deep that is, Mount Everest stands at 29,029 feet.

 

Victor Vescovo just became the first person to reach the deepest part of the ocean

In 2019, Vescovo made history as the very first explorer to reach the deepest part of the ocean. He is a retired naval officer and undersea explorer.

 

Sounds can travel to the deepest explored areas

Researchers once lowered an underwater microphone, known as a hydrophone, toward the bottom of the Mariana Trench to test what sounds could be heard. Scientists were able to hear sound from earthquakes, passing whales, and other noises.

 

A rubber duck incident taught us more about the ocean

In 1992, a cargo ship filled with bath toys dropped a container of more than 28,000 ducks on its way from China to the U.S. Oceanographers tracked the ducks locations in order to better understand the water currents. Some of the bath toys been ended up in Europe and Hawaii.

 

We know more about the ocean than you might think

Although there are plenty of areas that haven’t been explored, oceanographers have been able to visualize close to 100% of the ocean floors. Technology has given us a rough idea of the layouts.

 

Advertisement

Lakes and rivers exist beneath the surface of the ocean

Although already submerged underwater, these lakes and rivers form when seawater seeps up through thick layers of salt. The water then dissolves the salt layer, which causes it to collapse and form depressions. The dissolved salt makes the water denser, which will settle into the depressions and form a lake or river.

 

Tsunami waves can reach up to 100 feet tall

As waves reach shallow water near land, the energy that would normally be dispersed throughout the water then goes up and elongates the wave, causing it to reach insane heights.

 

The Pacific Ocean was discovered in 1519

Ferdinand Magellan was crossing the Atlantic in 1519 when he found his way to another body of water. He decided to call it the Pacific, or peaceful, ocean due to its calm water. What Magellan didn’t know at the time was that the Pacific would eventually be recognized as the world’s largest ocean, covering 59 million square miles.

 

Oceans produce 70% of the oxygen supply in the atmosphere

Marine plants release oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis and play a huge role in keeping humans breathing. One specific phytoplankton, Prochlorococcus, is actually estimated to be responsible for one in five breaths that humans take.

 

Ocean dead zones can be caused by humans

A dead zone, known as hypoxia, is an area of the ocean with less oxygen than normal that prevents sustained life. While some dead zones are created naturally, scientists are concerned that nutrient pollution created by humans can create an overgrowth of algae, which leads to a dead zone.

 

7 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year

Due to this plethora of trash, it is estimated that fish swallow between 12,000 and 24,000 tons of plastic every year.

 

The biggest waves occur under the surface of the ocean

Known as internal waves, these walls of water have been found 3 miles below the surface of the ocean. They are part of water layers with different densities and reach up to heights of 800 feet.

 

Giant kelp grows very quickly

This type of seaweed reaches up to 100 feet tall, growing an astonishing two inches a day.

 

You don’t really hear the ocean through seashells

Seashells actually act as a resonator, which allows sound to vibrate. When you hold a shell up to your ear, what you hear is an amplified version of the sounds around you.

 

Earth’s biggest waterfall is located in the Atlantic

The Denmark Strait, a waterfall in the Atlantic, is equivalent to the size of 2,000 of the world’s largest waterfalls. The Strait has cold water on the eastern side that is denser than the warm water on the west side. When the two mix, the colder water sinks and creates a waterfall.

 

We don’t know much about marine life in the ocean

Between the sheer size of the oceans and immense water pressure, it’s difficult to explore all of the organisms beneath the surface. We know about approximately 1/3 of the ocean’s inhabitants, according to experts.

 



Advertisement


Credits:  brightside.me
10   Comments ?
-3
1.
Lloyd 1 month ago
Do you think NASA is exploring space? 90% of our oceans are unexplored and NASA can't go back to the moon. It is all a scam. We live under a water covered dome. Antarctica is the jump-off point to undiscovered continents outside of our dome.
       
-1
2.
Clare 1 month ago
Lloyd,

35 yeah... Sure!
       
0
3.
Arnold 1 month ago
Lloyd,

Duuude, share some that stuff you're smoking.
       
-1
4.
Campbell 1 month ago
Lloyd,

HAHAHAHA LMFAO

There aren’t enough tinfoil hats in the universe for this conversation
       
3
5.
Winny 1 month ago
The firsts to reach the deepest part of the ocean were Jacques Picard and Don Walsh in 1960 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trieste_(bathyscaphe)).
       
2
6.
Ree 1 month ago
Winny, you are right. Vescovo was the first to dive to the 5 deepest places on earth. So, he holds a record, but a different one.
       
2
7.
Diana 1 month ago
Winny, he is the first one to reach the highest and lowest point on earth. He was on Mt. Everest and in the Challenger Deep.
       
1
8.
Katelin 1 month ago
That Denmark or Greenland Strait is really gorgeous. The picture here doesn't do it justice at all. I wonder if it is eve possible to dive there or what the currents are like. I'd expect some kind of wicked undertow.
       
4
9.
Sarah 1 month ago
Please note: Magellan did NOT discover the Pacific Ocean, he gave it a name we commonly use when he first EXPLORED it. Discovery was done prehistory by the first humans to move there.
       
0
10.
Robin 1 month ago
Magellan did discover the Pacific Ocean
       
27353641acute
belayclappingdance3dashdirol
drinksfoolgirl_craygirl_devilgirl_witch
goodgreenheartJC-LOLJC_doubledown
JC_OMG_signkisslaughingman_in_lmocking
mr47_04musicokroflsarcastic
sm_80tonguevishenka_33vomitwassat
yahooshoot
Advertisement

Archives

2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
0000
Advertisement

How to comment

•    Don't insult other visitors. Offensive comments will be deleted without warning.

•    Comments are accepted in English only.

•    No swearing words in comments, otherwise such comments will be censored.

•    Your nickname and avatar are randomly selected. If you don't post comments for 7 days, they both are reset.

•    To choose another avatar, click the ‘Random avatar’ link.