You know our Oceans covers roughly 70% of the Earth’s Surface, but humans have explored less than one percent so far of what lies beneath. (Crazy Thoughts) Now, imagine, instead of the oceans looking murky like it looks today, what happen when they were look crystal clear where you can see clearly?
What kind of creatures would we see?
How would crystal clear clarity affect the ecosystem? (Crazy Thoughts)
What make this water murky? Well, a number of things from floating sand, phytoplankton and all sorts of living organisms that aren’t just fish. But imagine how will be, if none of this were blocking your view? You’d quickly reminded of how much garbage we put into the ocean.
You know we put 1.4 billion tonnes of trash into the ocean every single year. In a clear ocean, you’d be able to see how much trash we have put into the ocean and it’ll be easier to see than ever. (Crazy Thoughts) Not only that but think of all the old shipwrecks you’d be able to see? Hope you grab your scuba gear because buried treasure will be much easier to find.
And what about the ships still afloat? There are over 100,000 ships on the oceans at any given time and standing on a beach and looking at them they’d all appear to be floating in mid-air. And how many fish could you see? Well, not as many as you might think. According to a research centre in Lowestoft, England, the oceans has about 5 billion tonnes of fish within it. This is enough to fill Loch Ness in Scotland.
But it’s just a tiny/little percentage of the Earth’s water, nearly nothing if we compared to the vast oceans. That said, you’d see a lot of fish, more than what you’re used to today. (Crazy Thoughts) But you also be surprised by the vast emptiness of the ocean and just how much of nothing that you’d see. People have been mapping out the ocean floor for decades, and thanks to this, we mostly picture it as a mountainous surface and very bumpy, but if the water become more transparent, you’d be quickly realizing the ocean floor is quite smooth.
What kind of things do you think you’d find on, say, the bottom of the Marianas Trench?
No, you probably won’t see a monster kraken, but you will see thousands of undiscovered species. According to UNESCO, they discover 150 new fish species in the ocean every year. In next 30 years they’ll discover nearly all of them. With the transparent ocean, (Crazy Thoughts) you can expect that to happen a lot sooner. But if water being crystal clear it’s assumed the ocean would be lacking in phytoplankton, since it is a large aspect of what makes the ocean either blue or green. Without this organism, fish could be in serious trouble.
Phytoplankton is one of the biggest resources for food for every single species in the ocean. Fish feed on them constantly and without them, the fish would have a much harder time surviving, only predators would have a real shot at lasting.
How would you think that all this sunlight entering the fishes’ home affect them?
The viability of 90% of all habitats within the ocean is dictated by the sun. The habituated area is known as Photic zone. This is where photosynthesis can occur. And thanks to photosynthesis, fish receive oxygen and can thrive. In its current state, only certain parts of the oceans are considered in the photic zone. These are generally less than 150 meters (492 ft) below the surface. But if the oceans were to be completely transparent, theoretically, every part of the sea would be photic zone.
Side effect (Crazy Thoughts)
Sunlight would continue down over 3,500 meters (11482.94 ft) which is important! This will allow colonies of fish to live all over the sea. That’s if they manage to survive. The water would warm up this is the other thing that would happen if sunlight travelled all the way to the bottom of the ocean.
That’s because all the sediment on the ocean floor would be absorbing more heat than ever before. At the extreme, more sunlight in the ocean increase the temperature enough to decrease the amount of oxygen in the water. You see, fish need oxygen as much as we do. They take in water and extract the dissolved oxygen which fuels their cells.
With less amount of oxygen in the water, a vast number of fish could die. So, super-clear ocean may look even more beautiful and exiting than it does now, but it wouldn’t last long. Maybe we should just be happy with the murky water we have. After all, look at all we’ve seen. But imagine if we didn’t have oceans? That they just disappeared? What would happen then?
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