This article focuses on the collective seas of Earth. For individual seas, see List of seas
The sea moderates Earth's climate
and has important roles in the water cycle
, carbon cycle
, and nitrogen cycle
. Humans harnessing and studying the sea have been recorded since ancient times, and evidenced well into prehistory
, while its modern scientific study is called oceanography
. The most abundant solid dissolved in seawater
is sodium chloride
. The water also contains salts
, and mercury
, amongst many other elements, some in minute concentrations. Salinity
varies widely, being lower near the surface and the mouths of large rivers and higher in the depths of the ocean; however, the relative proportions of dissolved salts vary little across the oceans. Winds blowing over the surface of the sea produce waves
, which break
when they enter the shallow water. Winds also create surface currents through friction, setting up slow but stable circulations of water throughout the oceans. The directions of the circulation are governed by factors, including the shapes of the continents and Earth's rotation
(the Coriolis effect
). Deep-sea currents, known as the global conveyor belt
, carry cold water from near the poles to every ocean. Tides
, the generally twice-daily rise and fall of sea levels
, are caused by Earth's rotation and the gravitational effects of the orbiting Moon
and, to a lesser extent, of the Sun
. Tides may have a very high range
in bays or estuaries
. Submarine earthquakes
arising from tectonic plate
movements under the oceans can lead to destructive tsunamis
, as can volcanoes, huge landslides
, or the impact of large meteorites
A wide variety of organisms
, including bacteria
, plants, fungi, and animals, live in the sea, which offers a wide range of marine habitats
, ranging vertically from the sunlit surface
to the great depths and pressures of the cold, dark abyssal zone
, and in latitude from the cold waters under polar ice caps
to the colourful diversity of coral reefs
in tropical regions
. Many of the major groups of organisms evolved in the sea and life may have started
The sea provides substantial supplies of food for humans, mainly fish
, but also shellfish
, whether caught by fishermen or farmed
underwater. Other human uses of the sea include trade
, travel, mineral extraction
, power generation
, and leisure activities such as swimming
, and scuba diving
. Many of these activities create marine pollution
. The sea has therefore been for humans an integral element throughout history and culture.
Animated map exhibiting the world's oceanic
waters. A continuous body of water
, the World Ocean is divided into a number of principal areas with relatively uninhibited interchange among them. Five oceanic divisions are usually defined: Pacific
, and Southern
; the last two listed are sometimes consolidated into the first three.
The sea is the interconnected system of all the Earth's oceanic waters, including the Atlantic
and Arctic Oceans
However, the word "sea" can also be used for many specific, much smaller bodies of seawater, such as the North Sea
or the Red Sea
. There is no sharp distinction between seas and oceans
, though generally seas are smaller, and are often partly (as marginal seas
or particularly as mediterranean seas
) or wholly (as inland seas
) bordered by land.
However, the Sargasso Sea
has no coastline and lies within a circular current, the North Atlantic Gyre
Seas are generally larger than lakes and contain salt water, but the Sea of Galilee
is a freshwater lake
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
states that all of the ocean is "sea".[b]
Composite images of the Earth created by NASA
is the only known planet
with seas of liquid water
on its surface,(p22)
possesses ice caps
and similar planets
in other solar systems
may have oceans.
Earth's 1,335,000,000 cubic kilometers (320,000,000 cu mi) of sea contain about 97.2 percent of its known water[c]
and cover more than 70 percent of its surface.(p7)
Another 2.15% of Earth's water is frozen, found in the sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean
, the ice cap covering Antarctica
and its adjacent seas
, and various glaciers
and surface deposits around the world. The remainder (about 0.65% of the whole) form underground reservoirs
or various stages of the water cycle
, containing the freshwater
encountered and used by most terrestrial life
in the air
, the clouds
it slowly forms, the rain
falling from them, and the lakes
spontaneously formed as its waters flow again and again to the sea.
The scientific study
and Earth's water cycle
studies the physics
of water in motion. The more recent study of the sea in particular is oceanography
. This began as the study of the shape of the ocean's currents
but has since expanded into a large and multidisciplinary
it examines the properties of seawater
; studies waves
, and currents
; charts coastlines
and maps the seabeds
; and studies marine life
The subfield dealing with the sea's motion, its forces, and the forces acting upon it is known as physical oceanography
. Marine biology
(biological oceanography) studies the plants
, and other organisms inhabiting marine ecosystems
. Both are informed by chemical oceanography
, which studies the behavior of elements
within the oceans: particularly, at the moment, the ocean's role in the carbon cycle
and carbon dioxide
's role in the increasing acidification
of seawater. Marine and maritime geography
charts the shape and shaping of the sea, while marine geology
(geological oceanography) has provided evidence of continental drift
and the composition
and structure of the Earth
, clarified the process of sedimentation
, and assisted the study of volcanism
Salinity map taken from the Aquarius Spacecraft. The rainbow colours represent salinity levels: red = 40 ‰
, purple = 30 ‰
A characteristic of seawater is that it is salty. Salinity is usually measured in parts per thousand (‰
or per mil), and the open ocean has about 35 grams (1.2 oz) solids per litre, a salinity of 35 ‰. The Mediterranean Sea is slightly higher at 38 ‰,
while the salinity of the northern Red Sea can reach 41‰.
In contrast, some landlocked hypersaline lakes
have a much higher salinity, for example the Dead Sea
has 300 grams (11 oz) dissolved solids per litre (300 ‰).
While the constituents of table salt sodium
make up about 85 percent of the solids in solution, there are also other metal ions such as magnesium
, and negative ions including sulphate
, and bromide
. Despite variations in the levels of salinity in different seas, the relative composition of the dissolved salts is stable throughout the world's oceans.
Seawater is too saline for humans to drink safely, as the kidneys
cannot excrete urine as salty as seawater.
Major solutes in seawater (3.5% salinity)
Although the amount of salt in the ocean remains relatively constant within the scale of millions of years, various factors affect the salinity of a body of water.
Evaporation and by-product of ice formation (known as "brine rejection") increase salinity, whereas precipitation
, sea ice melt, and runoff from land reduce it.
The Baltic Sea
, for example, has many rivers flowing into it, and thus the sea could be considered as brackish
Meanwhile, the Red Sea is very salty due to its high evaporation rate.
Sea temperature depends on the amount of solar radiation falling on its surface. In the tropics, with the sun nearly overhead, the temperature of the surface layers can rise to over 30 °C (86 °F) while near the poles the temperature in equilibrium with the sea ice is about −2 °C (28 °F). There is a continuous circulation of water in the oceans. Warm surface currents cool as they move away from the tropics, and the water becomes denser and sinks. The cold water moves back towards the equator as a deep sea current, driven by changes in the temperature and density of the water, before eventually welling up again towards the surface. Deep seawater has a temperature between −2 °C (28 °F) and 5 °C (41 °F) in all parts of the globe.
Seawater with a typical salinity of 35 ‰ has a freezing point of about −1.8 °C (28.8 °F).
When its temperature becomes low enough, ice crystals
form on the surface. These break into small pieces and coalesce into flat discs that form a thick suspension known as frazil
. In calm conditions this freezes into a thin flat sheet known as nilas
, which thickens as new ice forms on its underside. In more turbulent seas, frazil crystals join together into flat discs known as pancakes. These slide under each other and coalesce to form floes
. In the process of freezing, salt water and air are trapped between the ice crystals. Nilas may have a salinity of 12–15 ‰, but by the time the sea ice
is one year old, this falls to 4–6 ‰.
The amount of oxygen found in seawater depends primarily on the plants growing in it. These are mainly algae, including phytoplankton
, with some vascular plants
such as seagrasses
. In daylight the photosynthetic activity
of these plants produces oxygen, which dissolves in the seawater and is used by marine animals. At night, photosynthesis stops, and the amount of dissolved oxygen declines. In the deep sea, where insufficient light penetrates for plants to grow, there is very little dissolved oxygen. In its absence, organic material is broken down by anaerobic
bacteria producing hydrogen sulphide
is likely to reduce levels of oxygen in surface waters, since the solubility of oxygen in water falls at higher temperatures.Ocean deoxygenation
is projected to increase hypoxia
by 10%, and triple suboxic waters (oxygen concentrations 98% less than the mean surface concentrations), for each 1 °C of upper ocean warming.
The amount of light that penetrates the sea depends on the angle of the sun, the weather conditions and the turbidity
of the water. Much light gets reflected at the surface, and red light gets absorbed in the top few metres. Yellow and green light reach greater depths, and blue and violet light may penetrate as deep as 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). There is insufficient light for photosynthesis and plant growth beyond a depth of about 200 metres (660 ft).
Over most of geologic time, the sea level has been higher than it is today.(p74)
The main factor affecting sea level over time is the result of changes in the oceanic crust, with a downward trend expected to continue in the very long term.
At the last glacial maximum
, some 20,000 years ago, the sea level was 120 metres (390 ft) below its present-day level.
For at least the last 100 years, sea level has been rising
at an average rate of about 1.8 millimetres (0.071 in) per year.
Most of this rise can be attributed to an increase in the temperature of the sea due to climate change
, and the resulting slight thermal expansion of the upper 500 metres (1,600 ft) of water. Additional contributions, as much as one quarter of the total, come from water sources on land, such as melting snow and glaciers
and extraction of groundwater for irrigation and other agricultural and human needs.
Movement of molecules as waves pass
When the wave enters shallow water, it slows down and its amplitude (height) increases.
Wind blowing over the surface of a body of water forms waves
that are perpendicular to the direction of the wind. The friction between air and water caused by a gentle breeze on a pond causes ripples
to form. A strong blow over the ocean causes larger waves as the moving air pushes against the raised ridges of water. The waves reach their maximum height when the rate at which they are travelling nearly matches the speed of the wind. In open water, when the wind blows continuously as happens in the Southern Hemisphere in the Roaring Forties
, long, organised masses of water called swell
roll across the ocean.(pp83–84)[d]
If the wind dies down, the wave formation is reduced, but already-formed waves continue to travel in their original direction until they meet land. The size of the waves depends on the fetch
, the distance that the wind has blown over the water and the strength and duration of that wind. When waves meet others coming from different directions, interference between the two can produce broken, irregular seas. Constructive interference
can cause individual (unexpected) rogue waves
much higher than normal.
Most waves are less than 3 m (10 ft) high
and it is not unusual for strong storms to double or triple that height; offshore construction
such as wind farms
and oil platforms
statistics from measurements in computing the wave forces (due to for instance the hundred-year wave
) they are designed against.
Rogue waves, however, have been documented at heights above 25 meters (82 ft).
The top of a wave is known as the crest, the lowest point between waves is the trough and the distance between the crests is the wavelength. The wave is pushed across the surface of the sea by the wind, but this represents a transfer of energy and not a horizontal movement of water. As waves approach land and move into shallow water
, they change their behavior. If approaching at an angle, waves may bend (refraction
) or wrap rocks and headlands (diffraction
). When the wave reaches a point where its deepest oscillations of the water contact the seabed
, they begin to slow down. This pulls the crests closer together and increases the waves' height
, which is called wave shoaling
. When the ratio of the wave's height to the water depth increases above a certain limit, it "breaks
", toppling over in a mass of foaming water.
This rushes in a sheet up the beach before retreating into the sea under the influence of gravity.
A tsunami is an unusual form of wave caused by an infrequent powerful event such as an underwater earthquake or landslide, a meteorite impact, a volcanic eruption or a collapse of land into the sea. These events can temporarily lift or lower the surface of the sea in the affected area, usually by a few feet. The potential energy of the displaced seawater is turned into kinetic energy, creating a shallow wave, a tsunami, radiating outwards at a velocity proportional to the square root of the depth of the water and which therefore travels much faster in the open ocean than on a continental shelf.
In the deep open sea, tsunamis have wavelengths of around 80 to 300 miles (130 to 480 km), travel at speeds of over 600 miles per hour (970 km/hr)
and usually have a height of less than three feet, so they often pass unnoticed at this stage.
In contrast, ocean surface waves caused by winds have wavelengths of a few hundred feet, travel at up to 65 miles per hour (105 km/h) and are up to 45 feet (14 metres) high.
As a tsunami moves into shallower water
its speed decreases, its wavelength shortens and its amplitude increases enormously,
behaving in the same way as a wind-generated wave in shallow water, but on a vastly greater scale. Either the trough or the crest of a tsunami can arrive at the coast first.
In the former case, the sea draws back and leaves subtidal areas close to the shore exposed which provides a useful warning for people on land.
When the crest arrives, it does not usually break but rushes inland, flooding all in its path. Much of the destruction may be caused by the flood water draining back into the sea after the tsunami has struck, dragging debris and people with it. Often several tsunami are caused by a single geological event and arrive at intervals of between eight minutes and two hours. The first wave to arrive on shore may not be the biggest or most destructive.
Surface currents: red–warm, blue–cold
Wind blowing over the surface of the sea causes friction
at the interface between air and sea. Not only does this cause waves to form but it also makes the surface seawater move in the same direction as the wind. Although winds are variable, in any one place they predominantly blow from a single direction and thus a surface current can be formed. Westerly winds are most frequent in the mid-latitudes while easterlies dominate the tropics.
When water moves in this way, other water flows in to fill the gap and a circular movement of surface currents known as a gyre
is formed. There are five main gyres in the world's oceans: two in the Pacific, two in the Atlantic and one in the Indian Ocean. Other smaller gyres are found in lesser seas and a single gyre flows around Antarctica
. These gyres have followed the same routes for millennia, guided by the topography
of the land, the wind direction and the Coriolis effect
. The surface currents flow in a clockwise direction in the Northern Hemisphere and anticlockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. The water moving away from the equator is warm, and that flowing in the reverse direction has lost most of its heat. These currents tend to moderate the Earth's climate, cooling the equatorial region and warming regions at higher latitudes.
Global climate and weather forecasts
are powerfully affected by the world ocean, so global climate modelling
makes use of ocean circulation models
as well as models of other major components such as the atmosphere
, land surfaces, aerosols and sea ice.
Ocean models make use of a branch of physics, geophysical fluid dynamics
, that describes the large-scale flow of fluids such as seawater.
The global conveyor belt shown in blue with warmer surface currents in red
Surface currents only affect the top few hundred metres of the sea, but there are also large-scale flows in the ocean depths caused by the movement of deep water masses. A main deep ocean current flows through all the world's oceans and is known as the thermohaline circulation
or global conveyor belt. This movement is slow and is driven by differences in density of the water caused by variations in salinity and temperature.
At high latitudes the water is chilled by the low atmospheric temperature and becomes saltier as sea ice crystallizes out. Both these factors make it denser, and the water sinks. From the deep sea near Greenland, such water flows southwards between the continental landmasses on either side of the Atlantic. When it reaches the Antarctic, it is joined by further masses of cold, sinking water and flows eastwards. It then splits into two streams that move northwards into the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Here it is gradually warmed, becomes less dense, rises towards the surface and loops back on itself. It takes a thousand years for this circulation pattern to be completed.
Besides gyres, there are temporary surface currents that occur under specific conditions. When waves meet a shore at an angle, a longshore current
is created as water is pushed along parallel to the coastline. The water swirls up onto the beach at right angles to the approaching waves but drains away straight down the slope under the effect of gravity. The larger the breaking waves, the longer the beach and the more oblique the wave approach, the stronger is the longshore current.
These currents can shift great volumes of sand or pebbles, create spits
and make beaches disappear and water channels silt up.
A rip current
can occur when water piles up near the shore from advancing waves and is funnelled out to sea through a channel in the seabed. It may occur at a gap in a sandbar
or near a man-made structure such as a groyne
. These strong currents can have a velocity of 3 ft (0.9 m) per second, can form at different places at different stages of the tide and can carry away unwary bathers.
Temporary upwelling currents occur when the wind pushes water away from the land and deeper water rises to replace it. This cold water is often rich in nutrients and creates blooms of phytoplankton and a great increase in the productivity of the sea.
High tides (blue) at the nearest and furthest points of the Earth from the Moon
Tides are the regular rise and fall in water level experienced by seas and oceans in response to the gravitational
influences of the Moon and the Sun, and the effects of the Earth's rotation. During each tidal cycle, at any given place the water rises to a maximum height known as "high tide" before ebbing away again to the minimum "low tide" level. As the water recedes, it uncovers more and more of the foreshore
, also known as the intertidal zone. The difference in height between the high tide and low tide is known as the tidal range
or tidal amplitude.
Most places experience two high tides each day, occurring at intervals of about 12 hours and 25 minutes. This is half the 24 hours and 50 minute period that it takes for the Earth to make a complete revolution and return the Moon to its previous position relative to an observer. The Moon's mass is some 27 million times smaller than the Sun, but it is 400 times closer to the Earth. Tidal force
or tide-raising force decreases rapidly with distance, so the moon has more than twice as great an effect on tides as the Sun.
A bulge is formed in the ocean at the place where the Earth is closest to the Moon, because it is also where the effect of the Moon's gravity is stronger. On the opposite side of the Earth, the lunar force is at its weakest and this causes another bulge to form. As the Moon rotates around the Earth, so do these ocean bulges move around the Earth. The gravitational attraction of the Sun is also working on the seas, but its effect on tides is less powerful than that of the Moon, and when the Sun, Moon and Earth are all aligned (full moon and new moon), the combined effect results in the high "spring tides". In contrast, when the Sun is at 90° from the Moon as viewed from Earth, the combined gravitational effect on tides is less causing the lower "neap tides".
A storm surge
can occur when high winds pile water up against the coast in a shallow area and this, coupled with a low pressure system, can raise the surface of the sea at high tide dramatically.
Three types of plate boundary
The Earth is composed of a magnetic central core
, a mostly liquid mantle
and a hard rigid outer shell (or lithosphere
), which is composed of the Earth's rocky crust
and the deeper mostly solid outer layer of the mantle. On land the crust is known as the continental crust
while under the sea it is known as the oceanic crust
. The latter is composed of relatively dense basalt
and is some five to ten kilometres (three to six miles) thick. The relatively thin lithosphere floats on the weaker and hotter mantle below and is fractured into a number of tectonic plates
In mid-ocean, magma is constantly being thrust through the seabed between adjoining plates to form mid-oceanic ridges
and here convection currents within the mantle tend to drive the two plates apart. Parallel to these ridges and nearer the coasts, one oceanic plate may slide beneath another oceanic plate in a process known as subduction
. Deep trenches
are formed here and the process is accompanied by friction as the plates grind together. The movement proceeds in jerks which cause earthquakes, heat is produced and magma
is forced up creating underwater mountains, some of which may form chains of volcanic islands near to deep trenches. Near some of the boundaries between the land and sea, the slightly denser oceanic plates slide beneath the continental plates and more subduction trenches are formed. As they grate together, the continental plates are deformed and buckle causing mountain building and seismic activity.
The Earth's deepest trench is the Mariana Trench
which extends for about 2,500 kilometres (1,600 mi) across the seabed. It is near the Mariana Islands
, a volcanic archipelago
in the West Pacific. Its deepest point is 10.994 kilometres (nearly 7 miles) below the surface of the sea.
The zone where land meets sea is known as the coast
and the part between the lowest spring tides and the upper limit reached by splashing waves is the shore
. A beach
is the accumulation of sand or shingle
on the shore.
is a point of land jutting out into the sea and a larger promontory
is known as a cape
. The indentation of a coastline, especially between two headlands, is a bay
, a small bay with a narrow inlet is a cove
and a large bay may be referred to as a gulf
Coastlines are influenced by a number of factors including the strength of the waves arriving on the shore, the gradient of the land margin, the composition and hardness of the coastal rock, the inclination of the off-shore slope and the changes of the level of the land due to local uplift or submergence. Normally, waves roll towards the shore at the rate of six to eight per minute and these are known as constructive waves as they tend to move material up the beach and have little erosive effect. Storm waves arrive on shore in rapid succession and are known as destructive waves as the swash
moves beach material seawards. Under their influence, the sand and shingle on the beach is ground together and abraded. Around high tide, the power of a storm wave impacting on the foot of a cliff has a shattering effect as air in cracks and crevices is compressed and then expands rapidly with release of pressure. At the same time, sand and pebbles have an erosive effect as they are thrown against the rocks. This tends to undercut the cliff, and normal weathering
processes such as the action of frost follows, causing further destruction. Gradually, a wave-cut platform develops at the foot of the cliff and this has a protective effect, reducing further wave-erosion.
Material worn from the margins of the land eventually ends up in the sea. Here it is subject to attrition
as currents flowing parallel to the coast scour out channels and transport sand and pebbles away from their place of origin. Sediment carried to the sea by rivers settles on the seabed causing deltas
to form in estuaries. All these materials move back and forth under the influence of waves, tides and currents.
Dredging removes material and deepens channels but may have unexpected effects elsewhere on the coastline. Governments make efforts to prevent flooding of the land by the building of breakwaters
, dykes and levees
and other sea defences. For instance, the Thames Barrier
is designed to protect London from a storm surge,
while the failure of the dykes and levees around New Orleans
during Hurricane Katrina
created a humanitarian crisis
in the United States.
In central Asia and other large land masses, there are endorheic basins
which have no outlet to the sea, separated from the ocean by mountains or other natural geologic features that prevent the water draining away. The Caspian Sea
is the largest one of these. Its main inflow is from the River Volga
, there is no outflow and the evaporation of water makes it saline as dissolved minerals accumulate. The Aral Sea
in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and Pyramid Lake
in the western United States are further examples of large, inland saline water-bodies without drainage. Some endorheic lakes are less salty, but all are sensitive to variations in the quality of the inflowing water.
Oceans contain the greatest quantity of actively cycled carbon in the world and are second only to the lithosphere
in the amount of carbon they store.
The oceans' surface layer holds large amounts of dissolved organic carbon
that is exchanged rapidly with the atmosphere. The deep layer's concentration of dissolved inorganic carbon
is about 15 percent higher than that of the surface layer
and it remains there for much longer periods of time. Thermohaline circulation
exchanges carbon between these two layers.
CO2 (gas) ⇌ CO2 (aq)
CO2 (aq) + H2O ⇌ H2CO3
H2CO3 ⇌ HCO3− + H+
HCO3− ⇌ CO32− + H+
It can also enter through rivers as dissolved organic carbon and is converted by photosynthetic organisms into organic carbon. This can either be exchanged throughout the food chain or precipitated into the deeper, more carbon rich layers as dead soft tissue or in shells and bones as calcium carbonate
. It circulates in this layer for long periods of time before either being deposited as sediment or being returned to surface waters through thermohaline circulation.
Life in the sea
The oceans are home to a diverse collection of life forms that use it as a habitat. Since sunlight illuminates only the upper layers, the major part of the ocean exists in permanent darkness. As the different depth and temperature zones each provide habitat for a unique set of species, the marine environment as a whole encompasses an immense diversity of life.
Marine habitats range from surface water to the deepest oceanic trenches
, including coral reefs, kelp forests
, seagrass meadows
, muddy, sandy and rocky seabeds, and the open pelagic
zone. The organisms living in the sea range from whales
30 metres (100 ft) long to microscopic phytoplankton and zooplankton
, fungi, and bacteria. Marine life plays an important part in the carbon cycle
as photosynthetic organisms convert dissolved carbon dioxide into organic carbon and it is economically important to humans for providing fish
for use as food.(pp204–229)
Life may have originated in the sea and all the major groups
of animals are represented there. Scientists differ as to precisely where in the sea life arose: the Miller-Urey
experiments suggested a dilute chemical "soup" in open water, but more recent suggestions include volcanic hot springs, fine-grained clay sediments, or deep-sea "black smoker
" vents, all of which would have provided protection from damaging ultraviolet radiation which was not blocked by the early Earth's atmosphere.(pp138–140)
Marine habitats can be divided horizontally into coastal and open ocean habitats. Coastal habitats extend from the shoreline to the edge of the continental shelf
. Most marine life is found in coastal habitats, even though the shelf area occupies only 7 percent of the total ocean area. Open ocean habitats are found in the deep ocean beyond the edge of the continental shelf. Alternatively, marine habitats can be divided vertically into pelagic
(open water), demersal
(just above the seabed) and benthic
(sea bottom) habitats. A third division is by latitude
: from polar seas with ice shelves, sea ice and icebergs, to temperate and tropical waters.(pp150–151)
Coral reefs, the so-called "rainforests of the sea", occupy less than 0.1 percent of the world's ocean surface, yet their ecosystems include 25 percent of all marine species.
The best-known are tropical
coral reefs such as Australia's Great Barrier Reef
, but cold water reefs harbour a wide array of species including corals (only six of which contribute to reef formation).(pp204–207)
Algae and plants
Marine primary producers
— plants and microscopic organisms in the plankton — are widespread and very essential for the ecosystem. It has been estimated that half of the world's oxygen is produced by phytoplankton.
About 45 percent of the sea's primary production
of living material is contributed by diatoms
Much larger algae, commonly known as seaweeds
, are important locally; Sargassum
forms floating drifts, while kelp
form seabed forests.(pp246–255) Flowering plants
in the form of seagrasses grow in "meadows
" in sandy shallows, mangroves
line the coast in tropical and subtropical regions
plants thrive in regularly inundated salt marshes
All of these habitats are able to sequester large quantities of carbon and support a biodiverse
range of larger and smaller animal life.
Light is only able to penetrate the top 200 metres (660 ft) so this is the only part of the sea where plants can grow.
The surface layers are often deficient in biologically active nitrogen compounds. The marine nitrogen cycle
consists of complex microbial transformations which include the fixation of nitrogen
, its assimilation, nitrification
Some of these processes take place in deep water so that where there is an upwelling of cold waters, and also near estuaries where land-sourced nutrients are present, plant growth is higher. This means that the most productive areas, rich in plankton and therefore also in fish, are mainly coastal.(pp160–163)
Animals and other marine life
There is a broader spectrum of higher animal taxa
in the sea than on land, many marine species have yet to be discovered and the number known to science is expanding annually.
such as seabirds
and sea turtles
return to the land to breed but fish, cetaceans
and sea snakes
have a completely aquatic lifestyle and many invertebrate phyla
are entirely marine. In fact, the oceans teem with life and provide many varying microhabitats.
One of these is the surface film which, even though tossed about by the movement of waves, provides a rich environment and is home to bacteria, fungi
, fish eggs and various larvae.
The pelagic zone contains macro-
and myriad zooplankton which drift with the currents. Most of the smallest organisms are the larvae of fish and marine invertebrates
which liberate eggs
in vast numbers because the chance of any one embryo surviving to maturity is so minute.
The zooplankton feed on phytoplankton and on each other and form a basic part of the complex food chain that extends through variously sized fish and other nektonic
organisms to large squid
Some marine creatures make large migrations, either to other regions of the ocean on a seasonal basis or vertical migrations daily, often ascending to feed at night and descending to safety by day.
Ships can introduce or spread invasive species
through the discharge of ballast
water or the transport of organisms that have accumulated as part of the fouling community
on the hulls of vessels.
The demersal zone supports many animals that feed on benthic organisms or seek protection from predators and the seabed provides a range of habitats on or under the surface of the substrate
which are used by creatures adapted to these conditions. The tidal zone with its periodic exposure to the dehydrating air is home to barnacles
. The neritic zone
has many organisms that need light to flourish. Here, among algal encrusted rocks live sponges
worms, sea anemones
and other invertebrates. Corals often contain photosynthetic symbionts
and live in shallow waters where light penetrates. The extensive calcareous skeletons they extrude build up into coral reefs which are an important feature of the seabed. These provide a biodiverse
habitat for reef dwelling organisms. There is less sea life on the floor of deeper seas but marine life also flourishes around seamounts
that rise from the depths, where fish and other animals congregate to spawn and feed. Close to the seabed live demersal fish
that feed largely on pelagic organisms or benthic
Exploration of the deep sea by submersibles revealed a new world of creatures living on the seabed that scientists had not previously known to exist. Some like the detrivores
rely on organic material falling to the ocean floor. Others cluster round deep sea hydrothermal vents
where mineral-rich flows of water emerge from the seabed, supporting communities whose primary producers are sulphide-oxidising chemoautotrophic
bacteria, and whose consumers include specialised bivalves, sea anemones, barnacles, crabs, worms and fish, often found nowhere else.(p212)
A dead whale sinking to the bottom of the ocean provides food for an assembly of organisms which similarly rely largely on the actions of sulphur-reducing bacteria. Such places support unique biomes where many new microbes and other lifeforms have been discovered.
Humans and the sea
History of navigation and exploration
Map showing the seaborne migration and expansion of the Austronesians
beginning at around 3000 BC
Humans have travelled
the seas since they first built sea-going craft. Mesopotamians
were using bitumen
their reed boats
and, a little later, masted sails
By c. 3000 BC, Austronesians
on Taiwan had begun spreading into maritime Southeast Asia
Subsequently, the Austronesian "Lapita
" peoples displayed great feats of navigation, reaching out from the Bismarck Archipelago
to as far away as Fiji
, and Samoa
Their descendants continued to travel thousands of miles between tiny islands
on outrigger canoes
and in the process they found many new islands, including Hawaii
, Easter Island
(Rapa Nui), and New Zealand
The Ancient Egyptians
explored the Mediterranean
and Red Sea with the Egyptian Hannu
reaching the Arabian Peninsula
and the African Coast around 2750 BC.
In the 1st millennium BC, Phoenicians and Greeks established colonies throughout the Mediterranean and the Black Sea
Around 500 BC, the Carthaginian
left a detailed periplus
of an Atlantic journey that reached at least Senegal
and possibly Mount Cameroon
In the early Mediaeval period
, the Vikings
crossed the North Atlantic
and even reached the northeastern fringes of North America
had also been sailing the White Sea
since the 13th century or before.
Meanwhile, the seas along the eastern and southern Asian coast were used by Arab and Chinese traders.
The Chinese Ming Dynasty
had a fleet of 317 ships with 37,000 men under Zheng He
in the early fifteenth century, sailing the Indian and Pacific Oceans.(pp12–13)
In the late fifteenth century, Western European mariners started making longer voyages of exploration in search of trade. Bartolomeu Dias
rounded the Cape of Good Hope
in 1487 and Vasco da Gama
reached India via the Cape in 1498. Christopher Columbus
sailed from Cadiz
in 1492, attempting to reach the eastern lands of India and Japan by the novel means of travelling westwards. He made landfall instead on an island in the Caribbean Sea
and a few years later, the Venetian navigator John Cabot
. The Italian Amerigo Vespucci
, after whom America was named, explored the South American coastline in voyages made between 1497 and 1502, discovering the mouth of the Amazon River
In 1519 the Portuguese
navigator Ferdinand Magellan
led the Spanish Magellan-Elcano expedition
which would be the first to sail around the world.(pp12–13)
's 1569 world map. The coastline of the old world is quite accurately depicted, unlike that of the Americas. Regions in high latitudes (Arctic, Antarctic) are greatly enlarged on this projection
As for the history of navigational instrument
, a compass
was first used by the ancient Greeks and Chinese to show where north lies and the direction in which the ship is heading. The latitude (an angle which ranges from 0° at the equator to 90° at the poles) was determined by measuring the angle between the Sun, Moon or a specific star and the horizon by the use of an astrolabe
, Jacob's staff
. The longitude
(a line on the globe joining the two poles) could only be calculated with an accurate chronometer
to show the exact time difference between the ship and a fixed point such as the Greenwich Meridian
. In 1759, John Harrison
, a clockmaker, designed such an instrument and James Cook used it in his voyages of exploration.
Nowadays, the Global Positioning System
(GPS) using over thirty satellites enables accurate navigation worldwide.
With regards to maps that are vital for navigation, in the second century, Ptolemy
mapped the whole known world from the "Fortunatae Insulae", Cape Verde
or Canary Islands
, eastward to the Gulf of Thailand
. This map was used in 1492 when Christopher Columbus set out on his voyages of discovery.
Subsequently, Gerardus Mercator
made a practical map of the world in 1538, his map projection conveniently making rhumb lines
By the eighteenth century better maps had been made and part of the objective of James Cook
on his voyages was to further map the ocean. Scientific study has continued with the depth recordings of the Tuscarora
, the oceanic research of the Challenger voyages
(1872–1876), the work of the Scandinavian seamen Roald Amundsen
and Fridtjof Nansen
, the Michael Sars
expedition in 1910, the German Meteor expedition
of 1925, the Antarctic survey work of Discovery II
in 1932, and others since.
Furthermore, in 1921, the International Hydrographic Organization
(IHO) was set up, and it constitutes the world authority on hydrographic
surveying and nautical charting.
A fourth edition draft was published in 1986
but so far several naming disputes (such as the one over the Sea of Japan
) have prevented its ratification.
History of oceanography and deep sea exploration
Scientific oceanography began with the voyages of Captain James Cook from 1768 to 1779, describing the Pacific with unprecedented precision from 71 degrees South to 71 degrees North.(p14)
John Harrison's chronometers supported Cook's accurate navigation and charting on two of these voyages, permanently improving the standard attainable for subsequent work.(p14)
Other expeditions followed in the nineteenth century, from Russia, France, the Netherlands and the United States as well as Britain.(p15)
On HMS Beagle
, which provided Charles Darwin
with ideas and materials for his 1859 book On the Origin of Species
, the ship's captain, Robert FitzRoy
, charted the seas and coasts and published his four-volume report of the ship's three voyages in 1839.(p15) Edward Forbes
's 1854 book, Distribution of Marine Life
argued that no life could exist below around 600 metres (2000 feet). This was proven wrong by the British biologists W. B. Carpenter
and C. Wyville Thomson
, who in 1868 discovered life in deep water by dredging.(p15)
Wyville Thompson became chief scientist on the Challenger expedition of 1872–1876, which effectively created the science of oceanography.(p15)
On her 68,890-nautical-mile (127,580 km) journey round the globe, HMS Challenger
discovered about 4,700 new marine species, and made 492 deep sea soundings, 133 bottom dredges, 151 open water trawls and 263 serial water temperature observations.
In the southern Atlantic in 1898/1899, Carl Chun
on the Valdivia
brought many new life forms to the surface from depths of over 4,000 metres (13,000 ft). The first observations of deep-sea animals in their natural environment were made in 1930 by William Beebe
and Otis Barton
who descended to 434 metres (1,424 ft) in the spherical steel Bathysphere
This was lowered by cable but by 1960 a self-powered submersible, Trieste
developed by Jacques Piccard
, took Piccard and Don Walsh
to the deepest part of the Earth
's oceans, the Mariana Trench
in the Pacific, reaching a record depth of about 10,915 metres (35,810 ft),
a feat not repeated until 2012 when James Cameron
piloted the Deepsea Challenger
to similar depths.
An atmospheric diving suit
can be worn for deep sea operations, with a new world record being set in 2006 when a US Navy diver descended to 2,000 feet (610 m) in one of these articulated, pressurized suits.
At great depths, no light penetrates through the water layers from above and the pressure is extreme. For deep sea exploration it is necessary to use specialist vehicles, either remotely operated underwater vehicles
with lights and cameras or manned submersibles
. The battery-operated Mir submersibles
have a three-man crew and can descend to 20,000 feet (6,000 m). They have viewing ports, 5,000-watt lights, video equipment and manipulator arms for collecting samples, placing probes or pushing the vehicle across the sea bed when the thrusters would stir up excessive sediment.
is the mapping and study of the topography
of the ocean floor. Methods used for measuring the depth of the sea include single or multibeam echosounders
, laser airborne depth sounders
and the calculation of depths from satellite remote sensing data. This information is used for determining the routes of undersea cables and pipelines, for choosing suitable locations for siting oil rigs and offshore wind turbines and for identifying possible new fisheries.
Ongoing oceanographic research includes marine lifeforms, conservation, the marine environment, the chemistry of the ocean, the studying and modelling of climate dynamics, the air-sea boundary, weather patterns, ocean resources, renewable energy, waves and currents, and the design and development of new tools and technologies for investigating the deep.
Whereas in the 1960s and 1970s research could focus on taxonomy and basic biology, in the 2010s attention has shifted to larger topics such as climate change.
Researchers make use of satellite-based remote sensing
for surface waters, with research ships, moored observatories and autonomous underwater vehicles to study and monitor all parts of the sea.
"Freedom of the seas" is a principle in international law
dating from the seventeenth century. It stresses freedom to navigate the oceans and disapproves of war fought in international waters
Today, this concept is enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the third version of which came into force in 1994. Article 87(1) states: "The high seas are open to all states
, whether coastal or land-locked
." Article 87(1) (a) to (f) gives a non-exhaustive list of freedoms including navigation, overflight, the laying of submarine cables
, building artificial islands, fishing and scientific research.
The safety of shipping is regulated by the International Maritime Organization
. Its objectives include developing and maintaining a regulatory framework for shipping, maritime safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation and maritime security.
UNCLOS defines various areas of water. "Internal waters" are on the landward side of a baseline
and foreign vessels have no right of passage in these. "Territorial waters" extend to 12 nautical miles (22 kilometres; 14 miles) from the coastline and in these waters, the coastal state is free to set laws, regulate use and exploit any resource. A "contiguous zone" extending a further 12 nautical miles allows for hot pursuit
of vessels suspected of infringing laws in four specific areas: customs, taxation, immigration and pollution. An "exclusive economic zone" extends for 200 nautical miles (370 kilometres; 230 miles) from the baseline. Within this area, the coastal nation has sole exploitation rights over all natural resources. The "continental shelf" is the natural prolongation
of the land territory to the continental margin
's outer edge, or 200 nautical miles from the coastal state's baseline, whichever is greater. Here the coastal nation has the exclusive right to harvest minerals and also living resources "attached" to the seabed.
A sketch of the quarter deck of HMS Bulldog
during the bombardment of Bomarsund
(during the Åland War
), drawn by Edwin T. Dolby and lithographed by William Simpson
Control of the sea is important to the security of a maritime nation, and the naval blockade
of a port can be used to cut off food and supplies in time of war. Battles have been fought on the sea for more than 3,000 years. In about 1210 B.C., Suppiluliuma II
, the king of the Hittites
, defeated and burned a fleet from Alashiya
In the decisive 480 B.C. Battle of Salamis
, the Greek general Themistocles
trapped the far larger fleet of the Persian king Xerxes
in a narrow channel and attacked vigorously, destroying 200 Persian ships for the loss of 40 Greek vessels.
At the end of the Age of Sail
, the English navy, led by Horatio Nelson
, broke the power of the combined French and Spanish fleets at the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar
With steam and the industrial production of steel plate came greatly increased firepower in the shape of the dreadnought battleships
armed with long-range guns. In 1905, the Japanese fleet decisively defeated the Russian fleet, which had travelled over 18,000 nautical miles
(33,000 km), at the Battle of Tsushima
Dreadnoughts fought inconclusively in the First World War
at the 1916 Battle of Jutland
between the Royal Navy
's Grand Fleet
and the Imperial German Navy
's High Seas Fleet
In the Second World War
, the British victory at the 1940 Battle of Taranto
showed that naval air power was sufficient to overcome the largest warships,
foreshadowing the decisive sea-battles of the Pacific War
including the Battles of the Coral Sea
, the Philippine Sea
, and the climactic Battle of Leyte Gulf
, in all of which the dominant ships were aircraft carriers
Submarines became important in naval warfare in World War I, when German submarines, known as U-boats
, sank nearly 5,000 Allied merchant ships,
including the RMS Lusitania
, which helped to bring the United States into the war.
In World War II, almost 3,000 Allied ships were sunk by U-boats attempting to block the flow of supplies to Britain,
but the Allies broke the blockade in the Battle of the Atlantic
, which lasted the whole length of the war, sinking 783 U-boats.
Since 1960, several nations have maintained fleets of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines
, vessels equipped to launch ballistic missiles
with nuclear warheads
from under the sea. Some of these are kept permanently on patrol.
Sailing ships or packets
carried mail overseas, one of the earliest being the Dutch service to Batavia
in the 1670s.
These added passenger accommodation, but in cramped conditions. Later, scheduled services were offered but the time journeys took depended much on the weather. When steamships replaced sailing vessels, ocean-going liners
took over the task of carrying people. By the beginning of the twentieth century, crossing the Atlantic took about five days and shipping companies competed to own the largest and fastest vessels. The Blue Riband
was an unofficial accolade given to the fastest liner crossing the Atlantic in regular service. The Mauretania
held the title with 26.06 knots (48.26 km/h) for twenty years from 1909.
The Hales Trophy
, another award for the fastest commercial crossing of the Atlantic, was won by the United States
in 1952 for a crossing that took three days, ten hours and forty minutes.
The great liners were comfortable but expensive in fuel and staff. The age of the trans-Atlantic liners waned as cheap intercontinental flights became available. In 1958, a regular scheduled air service between New York and Paris taking seven hours doomed the Atlantic ferry service to oblivion. One by one the vessels were laid up, some were scrapped, others became cruise ships for the leisure industry and still others floating hotels.
Shipping routes, showing relative density of commercial shipping around the world
Maritime trade has existed for millennia. The Ptolemaic dynasty
had developed trade with India using the Red Sea ports and in the first millennium BC the Arabs
, Phoenicians, Israelites
traded in luxury goods such as spices, gold, and precious stones.
The Phoenicians were noted sea traders and under the Greeks and Romans, commerce continued to thrive. With the collapse of the Roman Empire, European trade dwindled but it continued to flourish among the kingdoms of Africa, the Middle East, India, China and southeastern Asia.
From the 16th to the 19th centuries, over a period of 400 years, about 12-13 million Africans were shipped across the Atlantic to be sold as slaves in the Americas as part of the Atlantic slave trade
Large quantities of goods are transported by sea, especially across the Atlantic and around the Pacific Rim. A major trade route passes through the Pillars of Hercules
, across the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal
to the Indian Ocean and through the Straits of Malacca
; much trade also passes through the English Channel
are the routes on the open sea used by cargo vessels, traditionally making use of trade winds and currents. Over 60 percent of the world's container traffic is conveyed on the top twenty trade routes.
Increased melting of Arctic ice since 2007 enables ships to travel the Northwest Passage
for some weeks in summertime, avoiding the longer routes via the Suez Canal or the Panama Canal
Shipping is supplemented by air freight
, a more expensive process mostly used for particularly valuable or perishable cargoes. Seaborne trade carries more than US$4 trillion worth of goods each year.Bulk cargo
in the form of liquids, powder or particles are carried loose in the holds
of bulk carriers
and include crude oil
, scrap metal
Other cargo, such as manufactured goods, is usually transported within standard sized, lockable containers
, loaded on purpose-built container ships
at dedicated terminals
Before the rise of containerization
in the 1960s, these goods were loaded, transported and unloaded piecemeal as break-bulk cargo
. Containerization greatly increased the efficiency and decreased the cost of moving goods by sea, and was a major factor leading to the rise of globalization
and exponential increases in international trade
in the mid-to-late 20th century.
German factory ship, 92 metres (302 ft) long
Fish and other fishery products are among the most widely consumed sources of protein and other essential nutrients.
In 2009, 16.6% of the world's intake of animal protein and 6.5% of all protein consumed came from fish.
In order to fulfill this need, coastal countries have exploited marine resources in their exclusive economic zone
, although fishing vessels are increasingly venturing further afield to exploit stocks in international waters.
In 2011, the total world production of fish, including aquaculture
, was estimated to be 154 million tonnes, of which most was for human consumption.
The harvesting of wild fish accounted for 90.4 million tonnes, while annually increasing aquaculture contributes the rest.
The north west Pacific is by far the most productive area with 20.9 million tonnes (27 percent of the global marine catch) in 2010.
In addition, the number of fishing vessels in 2010 reached 4.36 million, whereas the number of people employed in the primary sector of fish production in the same year amounted to 54.8 million.
Modern fishing vessels include fishing trawlers
with a small crew, stern trawlers, purse seiners, long-line factory vessels and large factory ships
which are designed to stay at sea for weeks, processing and freezing great quantities of fish. The equipment used to capture the fish may be purse seines
, other seines, trawls
, dredges, gillnets
and the fish species most frequently targeted are herring
, squid and salmon
has become a serious concern; it does not only cause the depletion of fish stocks, but also substantially reduce the size of predatory fish populations.
It has been estimated that "industrialized fisheries typically reduced community biomass by 80% within 15 years of exploitation."
In order to avoid overexploitation, many countries have introduced quotas
in their own waters.
However, recovery efforts often entail substantial costs to local economies or food provision.
Fishing boat in Sri Lanka
methods include rod and line, harpoons, skin diving, traps, throw nets and drag nets. Traditional fishing boats are powered by paddle, wind or outboard motors and operate in near-shore waters. The Food and Agriculture Organization
is encouraging the development of local fisheries to provide food security to coastal communities and help alleviate poverty.
About 79 million tonnes (78M long tons; 87M short tons) of food and non-food products were produced by aquaculture in 2010, an all-time high. About six hundred species of plants and animals were cultured, some for use in seeding wild populations. The animals raised included finfish
, aquatic reptiles
, crustaceans, molluscs, sea cucumbers
, sea urchins
, sea squirts and jellyfish.
has the advantage that there is a readily available supply of planktonic food in the ocean, and waste is removed naturally.
Various methods are employed. Mesh enclosures for finfish can be suspended in the open seas, cages can be used in more sheltered waters or ponds can be refreshed with water at each high tide. Shrimps
can be reared in shallow ponds connected to the open sea.
Ropes can be hung in water to grow algae, oysters and mussels. Oysters can be reared on trays or in mesh tubes. Sea cucumbers can be ranched on the seabed.
Captive breeding programmes have raised lobster larvae
for release of juveniles into the wild resulting in an increased lobster harvest in Maine
At least 145 species of seaweed – red, green, and brown algae – are eaten worldwide, and some have long been farmed in Japan and other Asian countries; there is great potential for additional algaculture
Few maritime flowering plants are widely used for food but one example is marsh samphire
which is eaten both raw and cooked.
A major difficulty for aquaculture is the tendency towards monoculture and the associated risk of widespread disease
. Aquaculture is also associated with environmental risks; for instance, shrimp farming
has caused the destruction of important mangrove forests
throughout southeast Asia
Scuba diver with face mask, fins and underwater breathing apparatus
Beneath the surface, freediving
is necessarily restricted to shallow descents. Pearl divers
can dive to 40 feet (12 m) with baskets to collect oysters
Human eyes are not adapted for use underwater but vision can be improved by wearing a diving mask
. Other useful equipment includes fins
, and scuba equipment
allows underwater breathing and hence a longer time can be spent beneath the surface.
The depths that can be reached by divers and the length of time they can stay underwater is limited by the increase of pressure they experience as they descend and the need to prevent decompression sickness
as they return to the surface. Recreational divers restrict themselves to depths of 100 feet (30 m) beyond which the danger of nitrogen narcosis
increases. Deeper dives
can be made with specialised equipment and training.
Tidal power uses generators to produce electricity from tidal flows, sometimes by using a dam to store and then release seawater. The Rance barrage, 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) long, near St Malo
opened in 1967; it generates about 0.5 GW, but it has been followed by few similar schemes.(pp111–112)
The large and highly variable energy of waves gives them enormous destructive capability, making affordable and reliable wave machines problematic to develop. A small 2 MW commercial wave power plant, "Osprey", was built in Northern Scotland in 1995 about 300 metres (1000 ft) offshore. It was soon damaged by waves, then destroyed by a storm.(p112)
Offshore wind power
is captured by wind turbines
placed out at sea; it has the advantage that wind speeds are higher than on land, though wind farms are more costly to construct offshore.
The first offshore wind farm was installed in Denmark
and the installed capacity of worldwide offshore wind farms reached 34 GW in 2020, mainly situated in Europe.
The seabed contains large reserves of minerals which can be exploited by dredging. This has advantages over land-based mining in that equipment can be built at specialised shipyards
costs are lower. Disadvantages include problems caused by waves and tides, the tendency for excavations to silt up and the washing away of spoil heaps
. There is a risk of coastal erosion and environmental damage.
Minerals precipitated near a hydrothermal vent
There are large deposits of petroleum
, as oil and natural gas
, in rocks beneath the seabed. Offshore platforms
and drilling rigs extract
the oil or gas and store it for transport to land. Offshore oil and gas production can be difficult due to the remote, harsh environment.
Drilling for oil in the sea has environmental impacts. Animals may be disorientated by seismic waves
used to locate deposits, and there is debate as to whether this causes the beaching of whales
Toxic substances such as mercury
, lead and arsenic
may be released. The infrastructure may cause damage, and oil may be spilt.
Large quantities of methane clathrate
exist on the seabed and in ocean sediment
, of interest as a potential energy source.
Also on the seabed are manganese nodules
formed of layers of iron
and other hydroxides around a core. In the Pacific these may cover up to 30 percent of the deep ocean floor. The minerals precipitate from seawater and grow very slowly. Their commercial extraction for nickel
was investigated in the 1970s but abandoned in favour of more convenient sources.
In suitable locations, diamonds
are gathered from the seafloor using suction hoses to bring gravel ashore. In deeper waters, mobile seafloor crawlers are used and the deposits are pumped to a vessel above. In Namibia, more diamonds are now collected from marine sources than by conventional methods on land.
The sea holds large quantities of valuable dissolved minerals.
The most important, Salt
for table and industrial use has been harvested by solar evaporation from shallow ponds since prehistoric times. Bromine
, accumulated after being leached from the land, is economically recovered from the Dead Sea, where it occurs at 55,000 parts per million (ppm).
Fresh water production
is the technique of removing salts from seawater to leave fresh water
suitable for drinking or irrigation. The two main processing methods, vacuum distillation
and reverse osmosis
, use large quantities of energy. Desalination is normally only undertaken where fresh water from other sources is in short supply or energy is plentiful, as in the excess heat generated by power stations. The brine produced as a by-product contains some toxic materials and is returned to the sea.
Indigenous sea peoples
The sea appears in human culture in contradictory ways, as both powerful but serene and as beautiful but dangerous.(p10)
It has its place in literature, art, poetry, film, theatre, classical music, mythology and dream interpretation.
personified it, believing it to be under the control of a being
who needed to be appeased, and symbolically, it has been perceived as a hostile environment populated by fantastic creatures; the Leviathan
of the Bible
in Greek mythology
in Japanese mythology
and the kraken
of late Norse mythology
Music too has been inspired by the ocean, sometimes by composers who lived or worked near the shore and saw its many different aspects. Sea shanties
, songs that were chanted by mariners to help them perform arduous tasks, have been woven into compositions and impressions in music have been created of calm waters, crashing waves and storms at sea.:4–8
As a symbol, the sea has for centuries played a role in literature
. Sometimes it is there just as a gentle background but often it introduces such themes as storm, shipwreck, battle, hardship, disaster, the dashing of hopes and death.:45
In his epic poem
, written in the 8th century BC, Homer
describes the ten-year voyage of the Greek hero Odysseus
who struggles to return home across the sea's many hazards after the war described in the Iliad
The sea is a recurring theme in the Haiku
poems of the Japanese Edo period
poet Matsuo Bashō
(松尾 芭蕉) (1644–1694).
In the works of psychiatrist Carl Jung
, the sea symbolizes the personal and the collective unconscious
in dream interpretation
, the depths of the sea symbolizing the depths of the unconscious mind
Seawater is slightly alkaline
and had an average pH
of about 8.2 over the past 300 million years.
More recently, climate change
has resulted in an increase of the carbon dioxide
content of the atmosphere; about 30–40% of the added CO2
is absorbed by the oceans, forming carbonic acid
and lowering the pH (now below 8.1
) through a process called ocean acidification
The pH is expected to reach 7.7 (representing a 3-fold increase in hydrogen ion concentration) by the year 2100, which is a significant change in a century.[e]
One important element for the formation of skeletal material
in marine animals is calcium
, but calcium carbonate
becomes more soluble with pressure, so carbonate shells and skeletons
dissolve below its compensation depth
Calcium carbonate also becomes more soluble at lower pH, so ocean acidification is likely to have profound effects on marine organisms with calcareous shells, such as oysters, clams, sea urchins, and corals,
because their ability to form shells will be reduced,
and the carbonate compensation depth will rise closer to the sea surface. Affected planktonic
organisms will include the snail-like molluscs known as pteropods
, and single-celled algae
. All of these are important parts of the food chain
and a diminution in their numbers will have significant consequences. In tropical regions, corals
are likely to be severely affected as it becomes more difficult to build their calcium carbonate skeletons,
in turn adversely impacting other reef
The current rate of ocean chemistry
change appears to be without precedent in Earth's geological history, making it unclear how well marine ecosystems will be able to adapt to the shifting conditions of the near future.
Of particular concern is the manner in which the combination of acidification with the expected additional stressors of higher temperatures and lower oxygen levels
will impact the seas.
Many substances enter the sea as a result of human activities. Combustion products are transported in the air and deposited into the sea by precipitation. Industrial outflows and sewage
contribute heavy metals
, household cleaning products and other synthetic chemicals
. These become concentrated in the surface film and in marine sediment, especially estuarine mud. The result of all this contamination is largely unknown because of the large number of substances involved and the lack of information on their biological effects.
The heavy metals of greatest concern are copper, lead, mercury, cadmium
and zinc which may be bio-accumulated
by marine organisms and are passed up the food chain.
Much floating plastic rubbish does not biodegrade
, instead disintegrating over time and eventually breaking down to the molecular level. Rigid plastics may float for years.
In the centre of the Pacific gyre there is a permanent floating accumulation
of mostly plastic waste
and there is a similar garbage patch
in the Atlantic.
Foraging sea birds such as the albatross
may mistake debris for food, and accumulate indigestible plastic in their digestive systems. Turtles and whales have been found with plastic bags and fishing line in their stomachs. Microplastics
may sink, threatening filter feeders on the seabed.
Most oil pollution in the sea comes from cities and industry.
Oil is dangerous for marine animals. It can clog the feathers of sea birds, reducing their insulating effect and the birds' buoyancy, and be ingested when they preen themselves in an attempt to remove the contaminant. Marine mammals
are less seriously affected but may be chilled through the removal of their insulation, blinded, dehydrated or poisoned. Benthic
invertebrates are swamped when the oil sinks, fish are poisoned and the food chain is disrupted. In the short term, oil spills result in wildlife populations being decreased and unbalanced, leisure activities being affected and the livelihoods of people dependent on the sea being devastated.
The marine environment has self-cleansing properties and naturally occurring bacteria will act over time to remove oil from the sea. In the Gulf of Mexico
, where oil-eating bacteria are already present, they take only a few days to consume spilt oil.
The dumping of waste (including oil, noxious liquids, sewage and garbage) at sea is governed by international law. The London Convention
(1972) is a United Nations
agreement to control ocean dumping which had been ratified by 89 countries by 8 June 2012. MARPOL 73/78
is a convention to minimize pollution of the seas by ships. By May 2013, 152 maritime nations had ratified MARPOL.
- ^ There is no accepted technical definition of sea amongst oceanographers. One definition is that a sea is a sub-division of an ocean, which means that it must have oceanic basin crust on its floor. This definition accepts the Caspian as a sea because it was once part of an ancient ocean. The Introduction to Marine Biology defines a sea as a "land-locked" body of water, adding that the term "sea" is only one of convenience. The Glossary of Mapping Sciences similarly states that the boundaries between seas and other bodies of water are arbitrary.
- ^ According to this definition, the Caspian would be excluded as it is legally an "international lake".
- ^ Hydrous ringwoodite recovered from volcanic eruptions suggests that the transition zone between the lower and upper mantle holds between one and three times as much water as all of the world's surface oceans combined. Experiments to recreate the conditions of the lower mantle suggest it may contain still more water as well, as much as five times the mass of water present in the world's oceans.
- ^ "As the waves leave the region where they were generated, the longer ones outpace the shorter because their velocity is greater. Gradually, they fall in with other waves travelling at similar speed—-where different waves are in phase they reinforce each other, and where out of phase they are reduced. Eventually, a regular pattern of high and low waves (or swell) is developed that remains constant as it travels out across the ocean."(pp83–84)
- ^ To help put a change of this magnitude into perspective, when the pH of human blood plasma is raised from its normal 7.4 to a value above 7.8, or lowered to a value below 6.8, death ensues.
- ^ “Sea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sea. Accessed 14 Mar. 2021.
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