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The ocean matters

The ocean covers more than two-thirds of Earth's surface, it makes life as we know it possible, and it sustains human society. Yet the global ocean is largely unexplored and unknown. What we do learn never ceases to amaze or to provoke more questions. These topics will help you begin to explore the ocean and its vital importance to Earth and everything that lives on it.

Climate & Weather

The ocean plays a central role in global climate and regional weather patterns, including droughts, rainstorms, and hurricanes.

How the Ocean Works

Although the oceans cover most of Earth, the the tiny sliver of the coastal ocean greatly influences, and is most influenced by, human activity.

Ocean & Human Lives

The oceans are critical to human life, and ocean scientists are working to investigate the untapped potential of the sea in order to maximize these benefits.

Ocean Life

Incredible diversity exists in the ocean, from microscopic organisms to the largest animals on Earth.

Ocean Tech

Researchers use a variety of instruments and tools to sample and study the ocean.

Sustainable Ocean

The global ocean provides food, minerals, and other valuable resources for human use.