Preschool Ocean Fast Facts

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Almost three quarters (71%) of the surface of the Earth is covered by ocean. This global, interconnected body of salt water is divided by the continents and larger archipelagos into five oceans as follows:

* Arctic Ocean
* Atlantic Ocean
* Indian Ocean
* Pacific Ocean
* Southern Ocean — by some reckonings the Southern Ocean is not an ocean in its own right, and is divided among the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans.

The boundaries between the oceans are set by the International Hydrographic Organization; e.g., the Southern Ocean extends from the coast of Antarctica to 60 degrees south latitude. Smaller regions of the oceans are known as seas, gulfs, straits, etc

What Is Salt Water?

ll water, even rain water, contains dissolved chemicals which scientists call "salts." But not all water tastes salty. Water is fresh or salty according to individual judgment, and in making this decision man is more convinced by his sense of taste than by a laboratory test. It is one's taste buds that accept one water and reject another.

These fast facts were based off of a Wikipedia Document on Ocean.

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