What are some facts about the tropical oceans?
The water temperature of tropical oceans thus typically exceeds 20°C (68°F) and stays relatively constant throughout the year. Particularly intense radiation directly over the equator evaporates seawater and forms a mass of very warm, humid tropical air that subsequently rises and cools as it flows north and south.
How many tropical oceans are there?
The five oceans are the Arctic Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Southern Ocean. The world’s five main ocean basins cover over 71% of the Earth’s surface.
What are the characteristics of tropical oceans?
The water in tropical oceans is warm, around 27ºC (80.6ºF) and salinity is high because of increased evaporation. There are higher concentrations of nutrients essential to the abundant marine life found in tropical water. Warm water and abundant light are ideal conditions for the formation of coral reefs.
What makes tropical water so clear?
Coral reefs act as a barrier to break up moving water. This results in calmer water near the shore that is free from sediments and nutrients, giving the water a clear appearance. Another reason the water appears clear is that it is free from algae.
What is the craziest fact about the ocean?
Thanks to the ocean, most of our planet is dark. Oceans have an average depth of 12,100 feet, and because light waves can only penetrate 330 feet of water, everything below that point is dark. Seeing as water makes up most of the planet, this means that most of Earth exists in absolute darkness all the time.
What is the scariest thing about the ocean?
Creatures like the fangtooth (!), goblin shark, and frilled shark are far more terrifying than anything you’d discover on land. Scarier yet, we’re always finding new monsters in the ocean: in fact, the largest colossal squid ever discovered was found just 11 years ago.
What lives in tropical waters?
The species in the world’s tropical oceans also run the gamut in terms of threat level, from the harmless clownfish to the stinging porcupinefish.
- Coral Reef. Coral reefs are home to literally thousands of different sea creatures.
- Blue Marlin.
- Great Barracuda.
- Smooth Hammerhead.
- Green Turtle.
What plants live in tropical water?
Let’s discuss the four common types of floating and rooted plants that live in the ocean:
- Kelp. Kelp beds are commonly found throughout colder ocean waters.
- Red Algae. Red algae have populated the warm, tropical waters of the world for more than 500 million years.
How much of the ocean is explored?
According to the National Ocean Service, it’s a shockingly small percentage. Just 5 percent of Earth’s oceans have been explored and charted – especially the ocean below the surface. The rest remains mostly undiscovered and unseen by humans.