10 statistics about the ocean that will shock you!

10 statistics about the ocean that will shock you!

The oceans represent over 70% of the total surface of the Earth and yet it is still not well known to most of us. Here are 10 statistics that are at the time surprising and interesting. 

30% of the CO2

This is the percentage of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, which is absorbed by the oceans. About 50% of the oxygen we breathe emerge from them.  They literally act as the planets lungs.  

 

200 millions jobs

This is the number of jobs in the world that are linked to sea fishing, this makes the ocean the largest “employer” in the world. 

 

60% of the plastic

This is percentage of plastic in the oceans originates from only 5 countries. Can you guess who? … China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. 

 

90% of the space

This is the percentage occupied by the oceans which remains unexplored. Despite there being over 200 000 identified species, studies have shown that this represents about 9% of the total underwater species.

 

Between 12 000 and 24 000 tonnes

This is the amount of plastic that fish in the North Pacific Ocean ingest each year. 

20 million tonnes of gold

It is the amount of this precious metal contained in the oceans. This represents a net worth of approximately 830 million euros.

 

11 000 meters

This is the deepest point in the ocean. It is found in the Mariana’s Trench in the Philippines. At this depth, your head would explode due to the pressure!!

 

3505 meters 

It is the size of the largest waterfall on the planet, the Denmark Strait Cataract… and it is found underwater! This represents almost 3 times the height of the Angel Falls in Venezuela (considered to be the worlds tallest waterfall above land).

 

1000 years

This is the average time necessary for water to completely travel around the world; This phenomenon is called thermohaline circulation.

 

3.8 billion years

This represents the approximate age of our oceans. They are the witnesses of the history of our planet and deserve all our attention to ensure their protection. All life on earth depends on the oceans.

 

Sources: savethesea.org, un.org, lifescience.com, padi.com
Written by The Good Bears

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