Earth's Water - All About Oceans
Earth’s water is everywhere around us. Earth is covered up by about two-thirds of water in the form of oceans, lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds. We don’t always think about how much water there is because we don’t always see much of it if we don’t live near an ocean or big lake. Earth’s oceans are vast covering much of the earth and because of this we miss a lot of exciting things like how different creatures live and volcanoes erupting underwater.
- NOAA Fun for Kids: Links for different NOAA related subjects for kids, including ocean explorer, national marine sanctuaries and the Jetstream.
- Oceans and Marine Life Science: An educational link for teachers on Earth’s water and marine life.
- Water Education Foundation: All about the water cycle for children. Educating children on Earth’s water.
- USGS Water Science for Schools: Comprehensive data and information on earth's water for educators.
- Water for Kids: The EPA's list of links for kids to learn about earth's water, including exploring estuaries, the wetlands and water drops among others.
- All About the Ocean: A comprehensive list of links of everything about the ocean from fish life to information on careers in marine science to classroom activities.
- Fun Water Facts for Kids: Interesting facts about water.
- Why is the Dead Sea Dead?: Information about the Dead Sea for children.
The oceans have their own ecosystem with everything from the tiniest creatures that you need a microscope to see to the largest creatures on earth. The only way for us to view and learn about these amazing creatures is to use specialized submarines. The subs are specially made because the deeper they go the more pressure there is. Some places are so deep that they have to use a robot to go down to the bottom. Even in the deepest parts of the oceans there are living creatures and we need to learn more about them.
- Ocean Living: The Smithsonian’s Zoological Park’s section on ocean life.
- Marine Bio Kids: Marine science links for interactive games for kids.
- Life in the Deep: An interesting and informative article on life in deep ocean waters.
- Creatures of the Deep: A comprehensive list of links to photos and information about the creatures of the deep.
- Kids Oceans-Ocean Creatures: Links to different sea creatures, games and videos for kids.
- Food Chain: Understanding the oceans food chain from phytoplankton to mammals.
- Marine Ecosystem: All about the marine ecosystem and life in the different ecosystems.
- Ecosystem Guide: A short look at the importance of how the food web in the oceans.
- Whale Times: Whale Times links to information and facts ocean animals for kids.
Life is abundant in the oceans with a vast array of different creatures from whales to plankton. All the creatures are dependent upon each other to survive, but not the only thing. The sea creatures are also dependent on the water itself and the quality of the water. Some areas of our oceans are very dirty with only the very hardy surviving and other areas are very clean and thriving. It’s very important for the survival of our ocean’s inhabitant’s to have clean water free of pollution, because even though the ocean seems separate from us living on land, we are dependent upon the oceans for our survival.
- Especially for Kids: Information about water pollution for kids.
- Ocean Pollution: All about what ocean pollution is and the different ocean water zones explained for kids.
- Tiki the Penguin's Pollution Links page: A comprehensive list of links for kids about pollution and environmental education for kids.
- All About Water and Pollution: A comprehensive list of links for teachers and students about water and pollution.
- Marine Biomes: A short look at marine biomes for kids.
- Yangtze River Dolphin: A short and informative look at how a dolphin is becoming extinct due to pollution.
- Aquatic Life: A comprehensive list of links for teachers and students about all things ocean.
The ocean is not just affected by pollution, but also by the climate changes. The ocean absorbs heat from the atmosphere, which then takes that heat and sends it all around. Sometimes though, the climate changes and becomes too warm, which then causes the oceans to warm up to higher than normal degrees. When this happens a lot of fish and marine life die off if they can’t adapt to the changing temperatures. The same happens when it gets too cold as well. If the oceans go below normal cool temperatures during colder weather, fish and other marine life die off.
- Climate Kids: What is happening in the ocean?: Information for kids from NOAA on climate change and the oceans.
- Global Warming for Kids: An explanation of global warming and climate change for children.
- Physical Ocean: An informative look at the different physical properties of the ocean.
- Ocean Life: A comprehensive list of links all about the ocean, ocean life, and physical properties.
- Oceans Alive!: A short informative look at how the oceans currents work.
- Ocean Surface Topography From Space: An informative and comprehensive look at the Earth’s oceans from space.
- Why is the Ocean Salty?: An explanation of saltwater and its properties.
- Ocean Topography: A short look at the ocean topography, including links to related ocean topography pages.
- Climate Change for Kids: A look at climate change and how it affects us for young children.
- Warnings From the Ice: Links to articles on the Antarctic, including the environment and stories of the ice.
- What is Ocean Color?: Have you ever wondered why the oceans are blue and great? Find out more on this website.
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