Donate Donate

Facts About Oceans

1.  The United States ocean economy produces about $282 billion in goods and services. Ocean dependent businesses employ almost 3 million people. (http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/june14/30days.htm)

2.  The ocean is a giant buffer for temperature and is a “carbon sink”, meaning it can absorb CO2 from the atmosphere without much change in acidity; however with climate change, the ocean is getting warmer and more acidic, causing coral bleaching and slower growth rates of calcifying organisms.  (https://www.scribd.com/document/311464178/The-Ocean-and-Climate-Change-ACCAP-pdf)

3.   About 140 million square miles or nearly 71% of the Earth surface is covered by oceans. (http://savethesea.org/STS ocean_facts.htm)

4.  The average ocean depth is 12,200 feet. (http://savethesea.org/STS ocean_facts.htm)

5.  Although tap water freezes at 0° Celsius/32° Fahrenheit, seawater does not freeze until about minus 2° Celsius because 3 percent of the ocean is salt.  (https://sealevel.jpl.nasa.gov/education/stuffforkids/oceanfacts/)

6.  Microplastics are small plastic pieces less than five millimeters long which can be harmful to our ocean and aquatic life. Microplastics are found in many health and beauty products. (http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/microplastics.htm)

7.  Many serious coral reef ecosystem stressors originate from land-based sources, most notably toxicants, sediments and nutrients. (http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/coral-pollution.html)

8.  Fifty percent of the United States (in terms of complete jurisdiction, which includes ocean territory) lies below the ocean. (http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/nature/fun-surprising-facts-about-the-ocean)

9.  The deep sea is the largest museum on Earth: there are more artifacts and remnants of history in the ocean than in all of the world’s museums combined. (http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/nature/fun-surprising-facts-about-the-oceans)

10.  The official value for the total length of the U.S shoreline is 95,471 miles. (http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/shorelength.html)

Get Involved

   Please leave this field empty

Happening Near You

You don't have to travel far to join us for an event. Attend an upcoming event with one of our regional centers.

Learn More