Ocean Facts – 43 Interesting Facts About Oceans

Facts About the Ocean

The gravitational pull of the Sun and the Moon and the rotation of the Earth have profound effect on the water of the ocean and cause tides.

The Pacific Ocean is the biggest water body in the world and covers an area of 179.7 million sq km.

It totals up to make a third of Earth’s surface.

It harbors within itself about 25,000 islands

The global warming is having a profound impact on the planet’s oceans. If all the ice in the glaciers and ice sheets melts the sea level will increase by an incredible 262 feet which is equivalent to a 26 storey building.

If the ocean level increases by 10 feet, many of the coastal cities, like Venice, London, New Orleans, New York, Mumbai , Karachi, would be under water.

In the last century the sea levels have increased by 10 to 25 cms. This rate is going to increase if the climate is not stabilized and global warming is not reduced. 10000 years ago the ocean level was a meter lower than present levels.

The ocean is deep. In fact, most of it is deep. The deepest part of the ocean is the Challenger Deep which is a part of the Mariana Trench and is about 11,000m below sea level

Anything deeper than 200 meters can be considered as deep sea.

The average depth of any ocean is 3.5 kilometers.