There’s a lot we don’t know about the ocean, and it will be fascinating in the future to fill in the blanks and close the knowledge gap, learning more about what lies beneath the surface of the majority of our planet.
Yet what we do know about the ocean is just as fascinating! We literally are only beginning to scratch the surface, yet what we have discovered so far is mind-bending.
Being major ocean geeks and lovers, we have decided to compile this post with some of the most interesting and awesome facts about our mother ocean.
Fascinating Facts about the Ocean
The ocean’s depth varies from location to location, but at its deepest point, the Mariana Trench in the Pacific, it is 10,994 meters. Yet, the light from the sun only penetrates to a depth of 1,000 meters!
Can you imagine what lies in the deepest, darkest parts of our ocean? It’s somewhat scary to think about, but it also invokes curiosity and wonder. We can’t wait to find out as more and more brave oceanic explorers take the plunge and bring back knowledge of underwater worlds.
The ocean also hides many known mysteries and wonders in her depths. From ancient ruins off the coast of Egypt to entire mini-cities in Europe’s southern seas to countless shipwrecks, treasure chests, and inexplicable monuments, the ocean is a treasure trove of ancient secrets.
What will we find next? Nobody knows, and we’re already at a loss to explain some of what we DO know is there.
The ocean holds 97% of water on earth and covers 70% of our planet’s surface. It’s unthinkably big, and if you take the water frozen in the ice caps and glaciers out of the equation, only 1% of the earth’s surface water is NOT in the ocean.
All that water leads to a lot of weight and pressure. At the deepest point, the Mariana Trench again, the pressure is 1000 times greater than at the surface. Imagine that if you can.
Many of the probes sent to the bottom have simply collapsed under this immense pressure, like an empty can of coke under a human boot. When James Cameron went solo to the bottom of the trench, the creaks and cracks could be heard even though his sub was made of specialized metal alloys made to withstand the pressure.
There are also some insanely scary looking creatures down there, living in the shadows. A giant sea squid, for example, has been discovered with a length of 60 feet. Think about that. Recall any 6-foot men you know? Now multiply that by 10. We’d hate to encounter that on a deep sea dive!
Overall, these things are just a tiny glimpse of what lies beneath. We are constantly learning more about what goes on down in the bowels of our mother ocean. The truth is, we have no idea. We know more about the planet Mars than we do about our own ocean.
What other fascinating facts do you know about the ocean? What creatures have you learned of? What unexplained mysteries have you encountered, and what do you think best explains them?