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The Journal | 15.12.2020

10 Reasons to love our oceans

 The oceans hold more secrets than we can ever be sure of and that’s certainly one powerful reason to preserve them and shelter them from the plastic pandemic that is currently consuming our world.Here are reasons to love the oceans (other than the obvious).

The sea is a pretty magical place. By all appearances: from the surface, it’s just a vast body of undrinkable water that stretches for what seems to be an eternity (if you’re far out). 

It’s like a desert in that sense; it’s far being a barren wasteland. It supports the most intricate and colourful ecosystems that are only accessible if you truly immerse yourself in the environment.

 The oceans hold more secrets than we can ever be sure of and that’s certainly one powerful reason to preserve them and shelter them from the plastic pandemic that is currently consuming our world. You just never know what life forms you are saving. 

Here are reasons to love the oceans (other than the obvious).

  1. 70% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by the oceans - 70% is the mean number, scientists actually estimate it to be between 50% and 80%. The ocean creates air for us to breathe the life it supports. Drifting plants, algae, and  bacteria which produces and releases oxygen into the atmosphere. 
  1. 30-50% of our atmospheric  CO2 is absorbed by the oceans- The ocean helps with the cycle process of CO2 and creates oxygen as a by-product, just like rainforests. The plants contained in the ocean do this in the same way that land-based plants and trees do. This is why we need to preserve our oceans. 
  1. 94% of the world’s life is aquatic - That is a surprising statistic and further reinforces the importance of looking after earth’s water. Our atmosphere contains a set amount of water that can change form: it might be clouds; it might be rain;  it might be stored as rivers; lakes or in the ocean. We must use as little as possible to keep as much of it as we cani in its natural environment, where it sustains life forms other than humans. 
  1. We have only discovered 5% of the oceans - Although scientists have used technology to map out most of our oceans, they can’t actually see much detail, meaning there is a tremendous amount of life we are unaware of under the water. 
  1. Eight Million Tonnes of Garbage Are Dumped Into The Ocean Every Year- The plastic pandemic is the tragedy of our age. It has the potential to make or break our civilization. Companies like Naeco work tirelessly to find ways to repurpose plastic and keep it out of the ocean. 
  1. 75% of the world’s volcanoes are in the Pacific Ocean- This incredible statistic is even more dramatic when you consider that the biggest volcanic eruption in history took place in this region. Mount Tambora of Indonesia, located in the Ring of Fire, erupted in 1815, so far this is the largest eruption we are aware of. 
  1. The Mariana Trench is theoretically the deepest part of the sea - Formed by shifting crusts of the earth under the ocean floor, the Mariana Trench is currently considered the deepest part of the ocean. The deepest part of the trench is known as Challenger Deep, going down about 36,200 feet. 
  1. The Denmark Strait is the world’s biggest waterfall and it’s under the Atlantic Sea - Yes, you get fresh water “areas'' in the sea and they’re known as rivers and lakes. This one is the largest waterfall on earth, measuring 180 miles in width at its narrowest point, and 300 miles in length. 
  1. The sea contains more historic artefacts than all the museums in the world - Hardly surprising when you consider how many precious cargo ships have sunk over the centuries that humans have crossed oceans. 
  1. About one million species live under the sea - This accounts for a large portion of the world’s life, however, about 95% of these species are invertebrates (lack a spinal cord). Many of them play a significant role in producing oxygen and absorbing CO2.