Did you know that we know more about the surface of the moon than about our oceans? Enormous swathes of sea remain a mystery to scientists. Here are some truly staggering facts about our amazing waters:
- We know so little about what lies below the water that covers 70% of the Earth’s surface. Such a huge expanse is vital to the wellbeing of the environment and the countless number of marine species who call it home.
- 94% of the living creatures on this planet are aquatic. Just 6% of us land-dwellers!
- Just under 5% of the oceans have been explored by scientists. It makes you wonder what else could be out there that we just haven’t discovered yet?
- As much as 80% of the oxygen we need to live comes from marine plants, specifically marine algae. It is mind boggling to think that an environment in which humans cannot breathe is responsible for helping us to breathe on land!
- Humans have since ancient times harnessed the power of water. Fluid power is what drives the hydraulic systems found in aircraft, vehicles and modern boats and ships. Find out more about Hydraulic Power Unit ranges at https://www.hydraproducts.co.uk/Hydraulic-Power-Units/Standard-Power-Units
- The largest ocean is the Pacific and it holds an impressive 25,000 islands. More islands than anywhere else on earth.
- Currently scientists have recorded almost a quarter of a million marine species but as we have explored so little of our oceans, the number of species out there is likely to be gigantic!