• GCMD Oceans
Abstract from DBPedia
    An ocean is a body of water that composes much of a planet's hydrosphere. On Earth, an ocean is one of the major conventional divisions of the World Ocean. These are, in descending order by area, the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern (Antarctic), and Arctic Oceans. The phrases "the ocean" or "the sea" used without specification refer to the interconnected body of salt water covering the majority of the Earth's surface. As a general term, "the ocean" is mostly interchangeable with "the sea" in American English, but not in British English. Strictly speaking, a sea is a body of water (generally a division of the world ocean) partly or fully enclosed by land. Saline seawater covers approximately 361,000,000 km2 (139,000,000 sq mi) and is customarily divided into several principal oceans and smaller seas, with the ocean covering approximately 71% of Earth's surface and 90% of the Earth's biosphere. The ocean contains 97% of Earth's water, and oceanographers have stated that less than 20% of the World Ocean has been mapped. The total volume is approximately 1.35 billion cubic kilometers (320 million cu mi) with an average depth of nearly 3,700 meters (12,100 ft). As the world ocean is the principal component of Earth's hydrosphere, it is integral to life, forms part of the carbon cycle, and influences climate and weather patterns. The World Ocean is the habitat of 230,000 known species, but because much of it is unexplored, the number of species that exist in the ocean is much larger, possibly over two million. The origin of Earth's oceans is unknown; oceans are thought to have formed in the Hadean eon and may have been the cause for the emergence of life. Extraterrestrial oceans may be composed of water or other elements and compounds. The only confirmed large stable bodies of extraterrestrial surface liquids are the lakes of Titan, although there is evidence for the existence of oceans elsewhere in the Solar System. Early in their geologic histories, Mars and Venus are theorized to have had large water oceans. The Mars ocean hypothesis suggests that nearly a third of the surface of Mars was once covered by water, and a runaway greenhouse effect may have boiled away the global ocean of Venus. Compounds such as salts and ammonia dissolved in water lower its freezing point so that water might exist in large quantities in extraterrestrial environments as brine or convecting ice. Unconfirmed oceans are speculated beneath the surface of many dwarf planets and natural satellites; notably, the ocean of the moon Europa is estimated to have over twice the water volume of Earth. The Solar System's giant planets are also thought to have liquid atmospheric layers of yet to be confirmed compositions. Oceans may also exist on exoplanets and exomoons, including surface oceans of liquid water within a circumstellar habitable zone. Ocean planets are a hypothetical type of planet with a surface completely covered with liquid.

    大洋(たいよう、英: ocean)または大海洋(だいかいよう)・独立海(どくりつかい)は、水圏の大部分を占める、それぞれが接続した地球上の海の主要領域。一般には北極海・太平洋・大西洋・インド洋・南氷洋の5つに区分される。これらの大洋はそれぞれ固有の海流を持ち、また潮汐を発生させる元ともなる。大洋以外の海は副洋 (独: Nebenmeere) またはと呼ばれ、地中海のように大陸の間にある狭い面積の海や紅海のような大陸内部に存在する海、また日本海のように大陸の沿うものまたは北海のような大陸から直角に伸びる海などが当たる。 英語 ocean の語源はギリシア語の Ὠκεανὸς, "okeanos" オーケアノスである。 全大洋面積の過半が深さ4267m程の水深にある。大洋の平均塩分濃度は3.5%程度であり、ほとんどの水域で3.0-3.8%の範囲に入る。科学者による推計では、23万の海洋種が知られており、さらにその10倍の種が存在する可能性がある。 大洋は生物圏に重要な役割を果たす。大洋の蒸発は水循環においてほとんどの降雨の元であり、大洋の温度は気候や風を決定付け、陸地の生物へ影響を与える。

    (Source: http://dbpedia.org/resource/Ocean)

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