The Pacific Ocean is the biggest body of water on the planet, it’s home to more species and creatures than anywhere else, and yet we still don’t know all that much about it. To shine a light on the hidden depths of one of nature’s great marvels, we’ve put together 16 interesting facts about The Pacific Ocean…
- The ocean only looks blue because of the angle of the sunlight scattering off it combined with the depth of the water.
- Shark proof cables are laid all over the Pacific’s ocean floor to help carry the internet and other electronic communications technology all over the world.
- There are depths of the Pacific Ocean that are so deep you could fit Mount Everest inside of them.
- Krill are the most abundant creatures in the ocean — and anywhere on Earth for that matter!
- The pressure at the bottom is an incredible 8,000 psi and would crush you instantly.
- You can get rivers and lakes under the ocean’s surface, and we’re not even making this up!
- Experts estimate there is 20 million tonnes of gold diluted throughout the Pacific Ocean.
- Think you can go fishing for it? There’s only 13 billionths of a gram per litre of sea water…
- More people have landed on the Moon than have explored the deepest depths of the ocean.
- You can even get underwater waterfalls if you really want to blow your mind!
- We discover an amazing 2000 new species every year, that’s more than 5 a day!
- ‘Pacific’ means ‘peaceful’ and was chosen by Ferdinand Magellan in 1519 when he made his way from one side to the other.
- The surface area of the Pacific is an incredible 59 million square miles.
- Point Nemo lies 1,000 miles from its nearest neighbouring land mass which means it’s not only the most remote place on Earth, astronauts will typically be closer to any inhabits than anyone down there on Earth.
- Marine plants under the water release 70% of the oxygen that makes up our atmosphere.
- 80% of all volcanic eruptions take place underwater with water temperatures reaching hundreds of degrees.
Do you know any interesting facts about the Pacific Ocean that we missed? Let us know in the comments section below!
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