Did you know that nearly 71% of the earth’s surface is covered with water? Earth is often referred to as the Blue Planet for that very reason. This vast amount of water is known as the World’s Ocean and it provides the earth with 97% of its water. The World’s Ocean is comprised of five oceans: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern and Arctic.
Oceanography is the study of the ocean and ocean life. Despite many years of examining the ocean, almost 90% remains unexplored. The ocean serves as habitat for almost a million species, as well as, provides earth with many resources, including food, sources of energy, sediments and medicines, in fact, every chemical that exists on earth can be found in the ocean.
June 8th is World Oceans Day. This day of observation encourages people to honor the ocean for its resources and promotes protecting the oceans from pollution and overconsumption.