50 fascinating facts about the ocean

The worlds ‘Global Ocean’ is so large that it takes up roughly 71% of the world’s surface and provides over 96% of the world’s water supply as well as over 50% of the oxygen that we breathe. The worlds ‘Global Ocean’ has been divided into 5 individual oceans, all of which are connected.

The largest ocean out of the 5 is the Pacific Ocean, which in itself is roughly the same side as all the land on earth, put together. There are between 20,000 and 30,000 islands within the Pacific Ocean and no two are alike. The Galapagos Islands are some of the most well known out of the Pacific Islands and are home to some of the most exotic creatures and plants on the planet.

The Pacific Ocean also touches one of the best countries on the planet for surfing. Ecuador is known for its beautiful sandy beaches and its awesome surf. Ecuador has a coastline that stretches for 1,390 miles and is home to surfable waves 365 days a year. Surfing is one of Ecuador’s biggest tourist attractions and provides a substantial amount of money into the local economy. Ecuador has many seaside villages, which include places like Montañita and Manglaralto, where visitors come from all over the world for sun, sand and most importantly the sea.

The Pacific Ocean spans over 63.8 million miles and not only is the largest ocean in the world, but is also the deepest. The average depth of the Pacific Ocean is 3,800m however, the Challenger Deep, located in the Marina Trench penetrates the earth at around 10,920m below sea level. The Challenger Deep is the lowest part of the earths crust and was formed by the collision of two tectonic plates.

Not only does the Pacific have the deepest point on earth, it is also home to the ‘Ring of Fire,’ which is a collection of volcanoes (the largest collection in fact), which has formed the shape of a circle. Did you know that the Pacific Ocean contains over 75% of all the volcanoes on earth?

50 fascinating facts about the ocean

Written by: Andrew Dilevics at divein.com


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