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Ocean Unit Study




The oceans of the world are both beautiful and interesting

The ocean comprises for more than 71% of the Earth’s surface, is a habitat for millions of creatures, and provides a cultural way of life for millions of individuals everywhere. Sunny beaches, warm water, and a cool ocean breeze are what some individuals see as some of the essential things that make life a tad bit more bearable. The ocean is full of many interesting things, that even with all of the innovations of modern day technology we are still attempting to figure out.

Fun Facts:


The Arctic Ocean is the smallest and coldest. It is 5 million square miles.
The average temperature of all oceans is about 39 degrees F
The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the four main oceans. Although the name means peaceful, the pacific is quite rocky. It is 64 million square miles
The average depth of all oceans is about 2.3 miles

Questions:

1) True or False: the ocean gradually gets deeper as you go farther out
a. False, it ranges in all depths of the ocean.

2) How deep are the ocean basins on average?
a. 4000 meters

3) What do scientists study on the bottom of the ocean floor to find out the relative age of certain things?
a. Sediments, rocks, sand particles


Quotes:

• Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent.
- H. P. Lovecraft




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