- Ocean Exploration Facts
Ocean Exploration Facts
The ocean exploration facts in this section provide short answers to common or intriguing ocean questions. The questions are organized in a series of categories; click on a category to learn more about these topics.
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What is a mapping watchstander and what do they do?
What is an oxygen minimum zone?
What is the difference between cold seeps and hydrothermal vents?
What is the deep scattering layer?
What Is High Seas Governance?
What are “marine meiofauna”?
What is a "natural product"?
What is vertical migration of zooplankton and why does it matter?
Why do we explore the ocean?
What is a marine protected area (MPA)?
What is habitat connectivity and why is it important?
Are sea spiders really spiders?
How much of the ocean has been explored?
Why do we explore the water column?
What is the “deep” ocean?
What are the different types of plate tectonic boundaries?
How does the ocean affect climate and weather on land?
What features form at plate tectonic boundaries?
What is the difference between a stalactite and a stalagmite?
What is the difference between photosynthesis and chemosynthesis?
What causes ocean currents?
How big is the Pacific Ocean?
What is the mid-ocean ridge?
How does the ocean affect hurricanes?
What is a hotspot volcano?
What is the Ring of Fire?
Why are so many deep-sea animals red in color?
What does “CTD” stand for?
How does the temperature of ocean water vary?
How does pressure impact animals in the ocean?
How do deep-ocean habitats differ from ocean habitats near the sea surface?
What is the difference between a topographic and a bathymetric map?
What are marine microbes?
How does depth affect the color of marine animals?
Do volcanic eruptions happen underwater?
How do living organisms produce light?
How has the ocean made life on land possible?
Are glass sponges made of glass?
What is an Expendable Bathythermograph, or “XBT”?
How far does light travel in the ocean?
What tools does a marine archaeologist use?
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What is the Pacific Garbage Patch?
Why do we study shipwrecks?
Do medicines come from the sea?
Do all corals live in warm water?
What is ocean acidification?
How have animals living only in caves adapted?
Why are seamounts "hot spots" for biodiversity?
Why is the USS Monitor famous?
Are corals animals, plants, or something else?
Which ocean is the smallest?
Are squat lobsters really lobsters?
How does NOAA deliver live video from ship to shore?
How do hurricanes impact the deep ocean?