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Following is our collection of super amazing and curious facts and details explaining Oceanography. This list is intended for research in school, for college students or just to feed your brain with. Possible use cases are in quizzes, differences, homework facts legend, cover facts, and many more. But nevertheless learn why is Oceanography so important!

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  1. When Robert Ballard (professor of oceanography) announced a mission to find the Titanic, it was a cover story for a classified mission to search for lost nuclear submarines. They finished before they were due back, so the team spent the extra time looking for the Titanic and actually found it.

  2. “The American Practical Navigator”—a handbook about oceanography, meteorology, and naval life written by mathematical prodigy Nathaniel Bowditch in 1802. The book is so detailed and highly regarded that it’s been a core textbook for the navy for the past 215 years.

  3. In order to get the look and feel of Finding Nemo’s characters and world just right, Pixar’s art team was required to take courses in marine biology, oceanography, and ichthyology in addition to enrolling in scuba diving classes.

  4. The largest fish in the oceans, and in the world, is the whale shark which can grow longer than 40 feet.

  5. Ocean tides in Alaska can range as much as 40 feet.

  6. The oceans" coral reefs are ranked second in terms of biodiversity of species. The world's rainforests rank first.

  7. The smallest fish in the world is the dwarf goby which is only 0.3 inches long.

  8. It is believed that approximately 95% of the oceans are yet unexplored. Scientists know more about the moon and Mars then they do about the ocean.

  9. Ocean waves can be caused by the wind, by earthquakes, and by other underwater phenomena.

  10. Some of these earthquakes cause tsunamis which are giant underwater waves. If these waves reach land they can result in massive destruction and death.

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Oceanographers believe that the ocean floors are only about 200 million years old while the continents are about 2-3 billion years old.

There is gold suspended in seawater. Mining it from the seawater has not been possible as of yet. If it was possible it is estimated that every person on earth could have nine pounds of gold.

On July 1, 2004 he joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego and the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The water in the ocean is not drinkable because it is salt water.

The terms for the way salt content is measured in oceanography. Warmer, saltier water is more "spicy", while cooler, less salty water is more "minty." Yes, these are the actual terms.

The first person to study the Gulf Stream scientifically was Benjamin Franklin.

Other professional scuba divers use their skills to allow them to perform underwater photography, videography, scientific research, marine biology, oceanography, hydrology and even archaeology underwater.

The highest ocean tide in the world is in the Bay of Fundy on Canada's east coast. It can range as much as 53.5 feet in the spring.

The Mid-Ocean Ridge is the longest mountain range in the world and it located under the ocean. It is more than 45,000 miles long and winds around the globe.

The world's deepest place is the Mariana Trench at 36,201 feet deep located in the Pacific Ocean near Indonesia.

Giant amoebas were discovered in Mariana Trench in 2011 by Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists. These giant amoebas can reach 10cm in diameter.

The Marianas Trench was discovered in 1875, measuring a depth of 8 km. The Challenger Expedition 1872–76 was the first research expedition of its kind and laid the foundations of Oceanography.

The country with the longest ocean coastline is Canada, with 56,453 miles of coastline length.

The first textbook about oceanography was called the Physical Geography of the Sea. It was written by Matthew Fontaine Maury in 1855.

The Antarctica is melting due to global warming. This is resulting in rising sea levels. If global warming does not stop, the melting glaciers will result in flooding in cities that are on the coasts and that are not high enough above sea levels. Some of these cities include New York, London, and Mumbai.

There are hundreds of earthquakes around the world every day but most are under the water of the oceans.

"Mediterranean sea" is actually a technical term used in oceanography to refer to "a mostly enclosed sea that has limited exchange of water with outer oceans"

The Monacan Prince Albert I has a serious interest in oceanography; he owned a small fleet of research yachts and funded several expeditions to the poles.

The Monacan Prince Albert I had a great interest in oceanography and even owned a small fleet of research yachts.

The terms for the way salt content is measured in oceanography. Warmer, saltier water is more "spicy", while cooler, less salty water is more "minty." Yes, these are the actual terms.

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