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Unraveling the mysteries of the ocean


Unraveling the mysteries of the ocean Today’s Video of the Day from the National Science Foundation (NSF) describes how oceanographic expeditions gather important information about the world’s oceans.  

Even though 71 percent of the Earth is covered by the ocean, there is still a lot about this underwater world that we do not understand.

NSF-supported research is sending a fleet of vessels and submersibles to the far corners of the Earth to collect scientific data that will help unravel some of the mysteries of the ocean system. Not everything is known about the ocean and if these unsolved mysteries are any indication, we’ve still got quite a way to go. The ocean is still wholly unexplored and contrary to every documentary about the underwater world, there are still many things that remain undiscovered.

It is well known that the Mariana Trench is the deepest point in all of the oceans on our planet. The exact depth of it is 36,201 feet, which is bigger than the tallest mountain on Earth. You would think that, since we have known about it for quite some time, it has been thoroughly explored by now.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: NSF

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