KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | May 2017

Oceans!

Have you ever stood on a shoreline squishing the sand between your toes with the waves crashing in front of you and wondered, about the ocean? If you have, you might enjoy this month’s fun facts about another of God’s great creations!

  • The Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest body of water and covers an area of more than 60 million square miles (155 million square kilometers).

 

  • Ninety percent of all volcanic activity occurs in oceans.

 

  • The highest tides in the world are found at the Bay of Fundy, which separates New Brunswick from Nova Scotia.

 

  • A mouthful of seawater may contain millions of bacterial cells, hundreds of thousands of phytoplankton, and tens of thousands of zooplankton!

 

  • Each year three times as much trash is dumped in the oceans of the world as the number of fish caught.

 

  • The deepest known point in the earth’s oceans is called the Challenger Deep. It is located in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific. It is 6.85 miles (11,034 meters) deep. What does that mean? You could take Mount Everest and place it at the bottom of the trench, and you’d still have almost a mile of ocean above it!

 

  • Sailfish and marlin are the fastest fish in the ocean.

 

  • About 50 to 80 percent of all life on Planet Earth is found under the ocean’s surface. Less than 10 percent of the oceans have been explored by humans.