Monday, August 10, 2009

About The Earth's Oceans

From Mother Earth News, comes an interesting list of surprising facts about our oceans.

Just to get you interested, how about these to get you started -
  • 94% of life on Earth is aquatic? That makes us land-dwellers a very small minority.
  • About 70% of the planet is ocean, with an average depth of more than 12,400 feet. Given that photons (light) can’t penetrate more than 330 feet below the water’s surface, most of our planet is in a perpetual state of darkness.
  • 50% of the United States (in terms of our complete legal jurisdiction, which includes ocean territory) lies below the ocean.
  • The deep sea is the largest museum on Earth: There are more artifacts and remnants of history in the ocean than in all of the world’s museums, combined.