Ocean Facts – 43 Interesting Facts About Oceans
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Scientists have named different depths with different names:
Surface to 0.2km is known as the “littoral zone”,
2km to 3km, the “bathyal zone”,
3km to 6km, the “abyssal zone”
Depths below 6 kilometers is the “hadal zone”
Since the moon is closer to Earth it has more pronounced effect than the Sun.
There are two high tides and two low tides each day usually 12 hours and 25 minutes apart from each other.
The sun, moon and the Earth are aligned during new moon and full moon causing above average high tides and lower than normal low tides. These are called the spring tides
It is the opposite at first and third quarter, when the moon is at right angles to the sun and the Earth and the high tides are below average and the low tides are much higher. These are known as neap tides.
66% of all known coral species live in the deep dark and cold depths of the ocean where the temperature could be as low as -2°C.