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How Smart Are You? Can You Name All Five Oceans?



September 29th, 2013 by in Geography with 2,530 Views

Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Artic, but what is that pesky last ocean… If you ask any kid, they will tell you. Ask anybody over the age of 18 and they will stare at you blanky. The Answer… The Southern Ocean. Why is this so hard to answer for adults, but not for kids? It was only made an ocean back in 2000 and only recently been taught in schools. Want to learn even more about oceans? Read our step by step breakdown of all the oceans complete with facts.

Ever wonder what the differences are between the oceans? Or how long they have been around and the traits of each one?

  • An estimated average of 50-80% of life on earth is found under the ocean.
  • There are currently 212,906 named marine species with more to be found.
  • The ocean covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and contains 97% of the Earth’s water.

  • 90% of all Volcanic activity takes place underwater, on the ocean floor.
  • Sea level has risen 10-25cm over the past 100 years and is expected to increase.

  • In one mouthful of sea water, one consumes millions of cells of bacteria and thousands of phytoplankton and zooplankton.
  • Life in the ocean began around 3.1 to 3.4 billion years ago.

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  • MD Golam Rabbani

    Just thanks to the author of this article. I actually forgot the name of all 5 oceans. And can remember after reading this article. We really can not keep in mind some common thing due to daily work.

  • Geofrey Bett

    This a great article especially for us who were not so much into Geography.I have since forgotten much of my Geography.
    This article has really helped me improve on my global Geography knowledge.

  • http://www.interesting6.com/ Michael Six

    Southern Ocean, unreal

  • Bobs

    I always knew there where 5 oceans. But Southern Ocean??? Isn’t that like the Antarctic Ocean?????

    • http://www.interesting6.com/ Michael Six

      There is no such thing as the Antarctic Ocean, you must be referring to the Arctic Ocean.

  • May Jim

    “Life in the ocean began 3.1 to 3.4 billion years ago.”

    OK, the facts are interesting, but let’s be honest. This is just a current best guess scenario based on the interpretation of the evidence they have. Accuracy builds credibility, but unverifiable claims like this spoken as if they were known to be factually true does the opposite.

    So when they say things like this right along with the other verifiable facts they gave – as if somehow this has been proven and can be verified, they lose credibility in my book. At the very least they should say “Life in the ocean is thought to have begun 3.1 – 3.4 billion years ago.”

  • Dick Hamilton

    “90% of all Volcanic activity is in the ocean’s.”
    — in the ocean’s what?

    • Jessica

      “90% of all Volcanic activity takes place underwater, on the ocean floor.” I’m not quite sure where you saw that other quote-I couldn’t find it to fix it.

  • liz soliven

    All I know is the arctic ocean :) lol nice to know anyway

  • Sakil Hossen

    Glad to learn some informative views regarding oceans!! Indian ocean is the one every year I used to see but really don’t know about vast information as I’ve learned through reading from here.