The ocean is more than just a body of water. It’s a vast resource that connects people across the planet, on every continent. The ocean’s fish and plants feed millions of people each year. It produces oxygen and regulates the climate. It’s full of mind-blowing creatures and is fun to visit and play in. And there’s so much more!
People throughout time have waxed philosophical about the power of the ocean. To celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8, we’re taking time to appreciate that power. Here are some amazing facts about the ocean, and some things you can learn about yourself from this incredible resource.
1. We’re Cut from the Same Cloth
2. Humans are the Minority
94% of life on Earth is aquatic, with an estimated 2.2 million species in the ocean. Unless you’re a mer-creature, that makes you a minority on the planet.
3. Most Volcanic Activity Happens Beneath the Surface
90% of all volcanic activity on the planet occurs in the oceans. Just like so many of our emotions.
4. In the Depths Grow Forests
It’s not just water and fish. Kelp forests, which grow up to 18 inches per day, are vast resources for food and shelter. Some kelp plants can grow up to 175 feet.
5. Life Supports Life
The Great Barrier Reef is 344,000 square kilometers, making it the largest living thing on Earth. It’s the size of 70 million football fields.
6. We’re Not Saying You’re a Gold Digger
There are nearly 20 million tons of gold in the world’s oceans. However, no one has yet created a cost-effective way to mine it.
7. Reaching the Top is Nothing Compared to Exploring the Depths
Earth’s highest point is Mount Everest, at 5.49 miles (29,029 feet). The deepest point in the ocean, Challenger Deep, is more than a mile longer, at 6.86 miles (35,756 feet).
8. So Much Remains Unknown
9. Playing In Water Makes Us Happy
Spending a day playing or floating in the sea is a known mood-booster. If jumping in waves isn’t your thing, try snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, bodyboarding, windsurfing, wakeboarding, kiteboarding, or outrigger canoeing.
10. The Water Heals Us
Looking at the sea and listening to the sound of the waves literally calms our brains. Ok, who’s ready to head to the beach now?
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What do you love most about the ocean? Let us know in the comments!