LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM
The Moon so why is the moon here, well together with the sun they are a very powerful influence over the planet and in particular the oceans. The gravitational pull of the moon and the sun makes the oceans bulge and this is what makes the tides, the moon is the biggest influence out of the two.
The ocean is a Huge food chain and eco-systems, their are coral reefs, underwater volcanoes, the longest mountain range is under the sea which is the mid ocean ridge which is in the Atlantic it spans over 40,000 miles it is a global landmark. Their are oceans within the oceans called brine pools, kelp forests, seaweeds plus many more.
The ocean also has different zones,
Epipelagic Zone….This is the surface were most light occurs so this ranges fro the surface to around 656 feet.
Mesopelagic Zone….This is the midwater zone 656ft to around 3,281 ft and home to some strange creatures.
Bathypelagic Zone…. This is just above the Abyss its also called the midnight or dark zone 3,281ft to around 12,124ft
Abyss…..its name has origins in greek has translated to no bottom and temperatures here are freezing, the pressure is so high because of the water above.
OXYGEN…. so hence the title life support system she really does provide us with the ability to survive. Their are plants in the ocean called plankton which are eaten by fish, rays and whales. The plankton are in the light rich area of the ocean, the plants produce oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis this is a process which converts carbon dioxide and sunlight into sugars the organism uses for energy. So the ocean really does help us breathe lets thank her.
Their are lots of strange and fascinating animals in the oceans and also still many to be discovered. It is still the most unexplored part of the planet yet sadly its the most exploited mostly because of us THE HUMAN BEING. I sometimes feel ashamed to be part of the human race and the role we play, we are supposed to be the intelligent species but i spend alot of time pondering over that. Their is a great deal still to learn about our oceans we haven’t even skimmed the surface.
For me i find all the animals fascinating i also have a few that stick out. The Octopus is really fascinating and been lucky enough to see them they really are mesmerising. The Octopus is an extremely intelligent and scientists still today think its a creature that came from space. Their are 300 species of octopus, the giant pacific octopus is the biggest. The blue ringed Octopus is the most dangerous my favourite is the Dumbo Octopus.
The great whales that swim in our oceans were once nearly wiped out yes by us THE HUMAN, it wasn’t until 1986 that the ban was implemented. The blue whale is the biggest creature to have ever lived on the planet. The blue whale is roughly around 30 metres in length and can weigh up to (29,920) stone….incredible. The humpback is a particular favourite of mine but its hard not to like them all and to me their all worth protecting.
So you see the OCEAN plays a huge role and critical to all life on the planet. She is the biggest part of the planet and deserves a whole lot of respect and protection. I cant do anything on a higher level but id like to think that sharing knowledge and helping people “SEA” the ocean as i do it might help them understand it a whole lot more.
We know or the humans that understand know how we are impacting our planet and the natural world. We now need to understand what we need to do to look after her.
A lady who i admire once said ….. Everybody has the capacity to do something.” “Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.” SYLVIA EARLE