10 Fascinating Ocean Facts
#1. If mined, all the gold suspended in the world’s seawater would give each person on Earth 9 pounds. That’s about $240,965 worth of gold per person at current market rates!
# 2-Ninety percent of all volcanic activity occurs in the oceans. In 1993, scientists located the largest known concentration of active volcanoes on the sea floor in the South Pacific. This area, the size of New York state, hosts 1,133 volcanic cones and sea mounts. Two or three could erupt at any moment.
#4. Undersea earthquakes and other disturbances cause tsunamis, or great waves. The largest recorded tsunami measured 210 feet above sea level when it reached Siberia’s Kamchatka Peninsula in 1737.
#5. Earth’s longest mountain range is the Mid-Ocean Ridge, which winds around the globe from the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic, skirting Africa, Asia and Australia, and crossing the Pacific to the west coast of North America. It is four times longer than the Andes, Rockies, and Himalayas combined.
#6. Coral is so close to the chemistry of human bones that it is now being used to replace or repair bones in the human body.
#7. Over 50% of the world’s population lives within 60 miles from the sea-coast. Now you know why the beaches are so overcrowded!
#8. The Blue fin Tuna is one of the fastest fish in the ocean, reaching speeds up to 55 miles per hour. They can weigh in at 1500 pounds on average. Unfortunately they are also high in demand in Japan’s sushi bars. One tuna can sell for well over $25,000 dollars. The most expensive tuna ever sold recently for $400,000 usd.
#9. We’ve all heard of global warming, but just how serious is it? Well, an increase of 7 degrees F in the global temperature is enough to melt the polar icecaps, which would increase the sea levels by 230 feet. That would potentially wipe out every coastal city on the planet.
#10. The Blue whale is the largest known animal ever to have lived on our planet. Full grown they typically weigh around 150-170 metric tons and weigh more than 50 fully grown elephants. Their heart is the size of a small car. It’s blood vessels are so large that a fully grown trout could swim right through them!
See you at the beach!