Kids! Let's Talk About Oceans
Why are Oceans important?
- Oceans are a main source of food for planet Earth. Fish provide 20 percent of animal protein to about 3 billion people.
- They host 80 percent of the planet's biodiversity, and are the largest ecosystem on Earth. Without the Oceans, life on Earth could not exist.
- From microscopic creatures to the largest animal that ever lived, the biodiverse Ocean is filled with creatures that live on the sunlit shores down to the mysterious dark of the deepest parts of the planet.
Where are Oceans found on the Earth?
- The surface of the planet is approximately 71% water and contains (5) five oceans, including the Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Southern.
What is the Ocean Made of?
- Seawater is a complex mixture of 96.5 percent water, 2.5 percent salts, and smaller amounts of other substances, including dissolved inorganic and organic materials and a few atmospheric gases.
What Types of Animals Live in the Ocean?
- Invertebrates (coral, anemones, jellies, sea stars, urchins)
- Sea Turtles
- Mammals (dolphin, whale)
- Shellfish (lobsters, crabs)
What Jobs related to the Ocean do people have?
- Ocean Engineering. Marine Biology. Marine Mammal Trainer. Marine Archeology. Marine Researcher. Marine Environment Educator/ Oceanography. Aquatic Scuba Diving Instructor and Underwater Filmmaker.
How far is your hometown from the nearest ocean?
- Though home to almost 40% of the U.S. population, coastal areas account for less than 10% of the total land in the contiguous United States. In the USA, 127 million people live in coastal counties.
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Image Source: Ocean Blue Project