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How big is the ocean? - Scott Gass


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While the Earth’s oceans are known as five separate entities, there is really only one ocean. So, how big is it? As of 2013, it takes up 71% of the Earth, houses 99% of the biosphere, and contains some of Earth’s grandest geological features. Scott Gass reminds us of the influence humans have on the ocean and the influence it has on us.

Additional Resources for you to Explore

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, one of the world’s foremost centers in marine research, has a fantastic array of ocean materials and content. Including extensive coverage of topic areas such as climate, ocean chemistry, ocean circulation, ocean life, deep sea environments, tools and technology, and even underwater archaeology, current, in-depth features make this a must use resource. See all that they have to offer.
Through their Ocean extension of the Google Earth platform, Google provides a breathtaking opportunity to explore the World Ocean. Get a sense of the what’s available and download the application.
National Geographic maintains an excellent ocean resource which includes exciting updates in underwater exploration and research, stunning marine photos from around the world, and inspiring opportunities for greater stewardship of the World Ocean. Find out more.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a vast host of resources and information involving ocean science, exploration, and care. Here's a great place to start.
Providing a host of information on both ocean habitats and the animals which inhabit them, as well as providing opportunities to further study and interact with marine life through courses, camps, and other programs, SeaWorld’s ANIMALS website proves a useful resource. Explore, discover, and connect.
Formed as a response to Sylvia Earle’s 2009 TED Prize wish, Mission Blue seeks to protect and restore the ocean through increasing public awareness of marine conservation issues and building support for organizations and initiatives which benefit the ocean. See what you can do.
TED-ED hosts a series of engaging and approachable pieces which concern the ocean, its inhabitants, and related influences. A few great examples include:

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Meet The Creators

  • Artist Sandro Katamashvili
  • Educator Scott Gass
  • Narrator Scott Gass

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