Monday, September 19, 2005

Sea Water

How many oceans are on Earth?

Earth is covered by one hydrosphere or one layer of connecting water. Even though the ocean is broken up into seven ocean parts, all the oceans are connected, one flowing into the other.

How many gallons of water are in the oceans?

There are 328 million cubic miles, or 3.612 x 10 20 gallons (361,200,000,000,000,000,000 gallons) of sea water in the ocean. If all that water were piled on top of the United States the land would be submerged under 88.2 miles of water. If the same amount of sea water was to be piled up onto all of the available land above sea level on this planet, the land would be 5.7 miles below the water's surface.

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