Amazing Ocean Facts   2

  At the deepest point in the ocean the pressure is more than 8 tons per square inch, or the equivalent of one person trying to support 50 jumbo jets.
   At 39 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature of almost all of the deep ocean is only a few degrees above freezing.
   If mined, all the gold suspended in the world's sea water would give each person on Earth 9 pounds.
   In 1958, the United States Coast Guard icebreaker East Wind measured the world's tallest known iceberg off western Greenland. At 550 feet it was only 5 feet 6 inches shorter than the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.
   Although Mount Everest, at 29,028 feet, is often called the tallest mountain on Earth, Mauna Kea, an inactive volcano on the island of Hawaii, is actually taller. Only 13,796 feet of Mauna Kea stands above sea level, yet it is 33,465 feet tall if measured from the ocean floor to its summit.
   If the ocean's total salt content were dried, it would cover the continents to a depth of 5 feet.
   Undersea earthquakes and other disturbances cause tsunamis, or great waves. The largest recorded tsunami measured 210 feet above sea level when it reached Siberia's Kamchatka Peninsula in 1737.
   The Antarctic Ice Sheet is almost twice the size of the United States.
   The Pacific Ocean fills nearly a complete hemisphere of the Earth's surface.


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