Close your eyes and you can hear the sound of the waves crashing against the shore, the salty tang in the air, the feeling of the warm sand between your toes. Can you imagine a world without the ocean? You shouldn’t have to.
Spanning over 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, oceans are inextricably tied to all of our lives. Whether you live by the sea or miles away, several aspects of your life are affected by the mere existence of the ocean.
And this isn’t just limited to us—humans—almost all species in the world rely on the ocean for their survival. This includes the creatures that call the deep blue waters of the oceans and seas their home, as well as ones that have never even been near it.
Some of the reasons the ocean is so important for all forms of life are:
The ocean has great implications for the climate you experience. So, how does the ocean have such great bearing on the temperature experienced on land? Ocean currents essentially soak up the heat near the equator and transport it to the poles, while also conversely carrying cold water from the poles and tropics.
Apart from acting like a massive conveyer belt for air, oceans affect rainfall and droughts through evaporation as well. The climate has an impact on the lives of every single species on Earth through the regulation of the climate we experience.
Seafood is a novelty we often tend to take for granted—and it’s not just a source of food for us, humans, alone! Numerous species, oceanic and otherwise, rely on the oceans for their survival as a source of nutrition.
The marine food chain is a system that sustains the delicate balance of the oceanic ecosystem. Additionally, 3.5 billion people rely on the ocean as their primary source of food. And this number is only increasing exponentially!
Contrary to popular belief, the largest chunk of oxygen you breathe in comes from the oceans, not the forests. It has been found that around 70 percent of the oxygen on the Earth comes from phytoplankton and other marine plants. The process of photosynthesis underwater results in tons and tons of oxygen released into our atmosphere, so much so that, research suggests, one in every five breaths we breathe is produced by the ocean.
The ecosystem of the ocean supports countless species and sustains a plethora of different life forms, serving as a habitat for species that may be on the verge of extinction as well. It is no wonder the oceans are so important for all life forms, it would cause a catastrophic domino effect if it were compromised.
The seas are home to a staggering amount of biodiversity, along with being a major source of the very basic necessities—food, water, oxygen, habitat—for innumerable life forms. To play your part in protecting the wellbeing of the current and future of the oceans, get some ocean-inspired apparel and accessories. Choose from a range of ocean themed bedding, hooded snuggle blankets, casual shoes for women, and so much more!
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