Dog Days of Summer

The temperature of the ocean varies at different locations from season to season. The ocean temperatures also depend on the amount of solar energy that is absorbed. Tropical oceans get direct sunlight for a majority of the year causing the water to be continuously warm. For the polar regions, summer is the only time of the year that they receive sunlight, but it is never direct sunlight. Because there is no direct sunlight, the water tends to be colder. For the regions between the tropics and the poles, also known as the temperate regions, varies amongst summer and winter. With the change in solar energy that is absorbed means the surface can vary in temperature throughout the world.

The temperature of the ocean varies in depth. The surface layer is 200 meters deep and warmed by the sun. The thermocline layer is next, going as deep as 1000 meters. Below the thermocline, making up 80% of the ocean, is the same frigid temperature throughout. Some assets of the water change with temperature such as how cold water is denser than warm water causing it to sink. Cold water also holds carbon dioxide. The temperature change also affects organisms living in it. The water expands when it warms up causing the molecules to take up space. When hot, they are more spread out and the density decreases. Temperature and salinity also affect the density causing the water to move through the ocean layers and as currents around the ocean.

Notice any similarities? Our bodies react the same way and why we layer our clothing in the winter months or take it all off in the summer months.  Our bodies are our ocean and like I've said....we are all connected so respect what's around you and it will respect you back.


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