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PACIFIC OCEAN – the sea of life

The Pacific Ocean holds 622 million cubic kilometers of water, that varies from freezing in the polar areas to about 30 degrees Celsius near the equator.  Slicing its floor are canyon like trenches or deeps, with the greatest known depth, The Challenger Deep, at 11,034 meters, in the Marianas Trench.  The Pacific Ocean is a world of its own; where on the surface one can experience the optical phenomenon known as the ‘green flash’ and beneath the vast blue surface are fish and animals, coral reefs, plants and organisms.

The ocean absorbs, stores and then releases large quantities of heat, buffering the climate of nearby land; affecting the entire planet. Mankind has increased acidity and carbon dioxide levels by 30% since the industrial revolution and this added to modern day pollutants have the world facing unequivocal  warming of the planet. The warming of the oceans alters weather conditions; increasing the intensity of hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, increased rainfalls and frequency of severe storms; leaving the future health of all the oceans, including the Great Pacific Ocean, in mankind’s hands. The oceans of the world are  greatly  affected by CLIMATE CHANGE .

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Sea lions – Alaska
Coral reef 2
Coral reef, Mo’orea, French Polynesia
Pacific coral 3
Pacific Ocean
Sting rays 3
Sting rays, Mo’orea, French Polynesia
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Monterey, California
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Pacific Ocean coral reef
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Queen Charlotte Islands – Jelly fish