The sun gives the
sea its blue color which is otherwise colorless. The surface water absorbs all
but the blue rays of the sun and reflects back the blue rays to give the
impression that the water itself is blue.
The Atlantic Ocean,
the second largest of the world's oceans, was named after the Greek Titan Atlas
who held up pillars which supported the sky. These pillars, in Greek mythology,
were thought to rest in the sea now called the Atlantic Ocean.
water taken in large amounts can be fatal, but ice formed from salty sea water
provides fresh drinking water after it is about a year old. The salt gradually
disappears as the ice freezes, melts, freezes and melts again.
Pacific Ocean, the largest on earth, is so vast it could hold all the water of
the Atlantic, Indian and Artic Oceans and still not be filled.
the past 100 years the world's seas have risen from six to eight inches.
light of the sun cannot penetrate sea waters more than a half mile down.
iceberg 208 miles long and 60 miles wide was observed in the South Pacific in
ice is forced out over the Ross Sea, a large inlet into Antarctica, in a layer
hundreds of feet thick. Called the Ross Ice Shelf, its area is about that of
world's largest sea is the Mediterranean, yet even including its several arms
(Aegean, Adriatic, Tyrrhenian, and Black Seas), it is less than one-fifth the
size of the Antarctic Ocean. Other seas are the Caribbean Sea and the Bering
The Pacific Ocean fills nearly a complete hemisphere of the earth's surface.