The Briny Deep
Used with Permission of Matthias
Tomczak ęCopyright 1997
The turquoise color in the graph
indicates the wide range of salinity, and especially temperature, in 99% of the global
The small green box
shows that 75% of the global ocean has a very limited range of temperature and salinity.
- In other words, 24% of the ocean has a wide range of
temperature and salinity, whereas 75% of sea water has a very narrow range.
- What is the temperature of 75% of the world's oceans?
Yes, it is very COLD! How come?
Why should most of the ocean be so cold, when much of the
ocean, at least at the surface, is warm?