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What is a "sea" compared to an "ocean"?

A sea is a branch of one of the five “oceans”. A sea is partially enclosed by land. For example, the Indian Ocean is divided in two by the country…

Why is the ocean blue?

Believe it or not, no one is really sure why the ocean is blue! As you may know, sunlight, or “white” light, is actually made up of all the colors…

Why is the ocean salty?

It is salty because it has a lot of salt in it! Salt is a mineral that is found in soil and rocks, too. Flowing water picks up some salt…

Why do seashells sound like the ocean when you hold them next to your ear?

When you put a seashell up to your ear, what you hear is not the ocean. The sound comes from inside your own ear. The inner part of your ear,…

How can plants deep in the ocean grow without sunlight?

Good question! Sunlight can penetrate the ocean to a depth of about 600 feet. This is called the “euphotic zone.” Ninety percent of ocean life lives here, including ALL the…

Why is the ocean salty but rivers aren't?

As rivers run toward the ocean, they pick up salt and other minerals from the rocks and sand they pass by. The rivers’ waters are constantly being replenished by fresh…

How many oceans are there in the world?

The planet is approximately 71% water and although the oceans of the earth are all connected (you can sail in a boat in every known “ocean” and “sea”) and truly…

Can you drink sea water?

Water from the sea is too salty to drink. Although your body needs salt, it is possible to have too much of it. See, your body is made of cells…

What's the deepest ocean in the world?

The deepest ocean in the world is the Pacific Ocean, with an average depth of 13,215 feet. The greatest known depth of the Pacific Ocean is 36,198 feet, found in…

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