By: Michael Totten
A maelstrom is a powerful open-water whirlpool which is created by clashing water currents. A few maelstroms are caused by tsunamis. However, the best known maelstroms from around the world are all in locations which are also known for strong currents and particularly high or...
Undersea volcanoes: Submarine mountains or guyots
By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
Guyots and seamounts are two types of underwater volcanoes. Seamounts retain their shape while erosion and wave action shaves off the top of the seamount to make a guyot. The guyots remain below the water and not visible to boaters or those on the surface...
By: Muneer Moosa Dhamani
There are a few seas in the world that would give you a run for your money if you went for a swim in any of them. These seas, for justified reasons, are known as the deadly seas of the world. Here is a look...
Submarine canyons at the edges of continental shelves
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
The transitional zone between a shallow continental shelf and a deep ocean basin has always been an interesting place for scientific research, not only because of the different oceanographic processes that take place within the region, but also because of the significant biodiversity that can...
By: Annabelle Monito
There are two types of water that is naturally found in streams, lakes, oceans, and rivers. These are saltwater, which makes up most of the bodies of water, and freshwater, which is much harder to find because it is mostly stuck in glaciers or comes...
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Oceanographers divide the ocean into distinct zones, depending on their existing physical and biological characteristics. The pelagic zone encompasses all open ocean zones, and is divided into other regions determined by depth and various aquatic conditions. The vertical component of an aquatic system is called...
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Submarine canyons are steep-sided ocean valleys situated along the floor of the continental slope. Submarine canyons are believed to be extensions of continental faults or rivers. Other theories try to relate the formation of submarine canyons to the Pleistocene era when submarine canyons may have...
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
The oceans of the world comprise approximately 71% of the Earth’s surface. Oceanographers classify the world's oceans into five distinct bodies of water, with the Pacific Ocean being the largest and the Arctic Ocean the smallest. Other world oceans include the Atlantic, Indian and...
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Seamounts are mountains rising from the deep ocean floor, which don’t reach the surface waters of the sea. Seamounts are usually found rising at between 1,000-4,000 meters (3,280-13100 ft.) from the ocean floor. Seamounts are believed to form from extinct...
Undersea volcanoes: Seamounts
By: Jennifer Boyd
Many people have heard of undersea volcanoes but are clueless as to the different types and what each one may do or cause, the seamount is a mountain that rises from the ocean floor but often does not break the surface of the water. A...

 

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