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Oceanography

Oceanography is the study of the oceans as ecological systems. In this section, learn about topics like currents, deep-sea research or how rogue waves work.

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Is the Dead Sea really dead?

The Dead Sea is host to tourists who visit in droves to soak in its mineral-rich waters. Is the saltiest body of water in the world about to dry up?


What is the Baltic Sea anomaly?

Is the Baltic Sea anomaly worth the hype or just a big old dud? Learn about the Baltic Sea anomaly at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Could Earth ever get a new ocean?

Could Earth ever get a new ocean? It isn't outside the realm of possibility. Find out why at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Treasures We’ll Lose as Sea Levels Rise

Here are 10 of the most notable spots potentially endangered by rising sea levels from HowStuffWorks. See more »

The Pacific Ocean trash vortex is explained in this article. Learn about the Pacific Ocean trash vortex. See more »

What is the "milky sea" phenomenon?

The "milky sea" is a term for a bacteria phenomenon in the ocean. Learn about the milky sea in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

How does desalination work?

Desalination is the process of removing salt from water. Learn about desalination in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Desalination Works

Desalination is the process of removing the salt from seawater, which turns the water into fresh drinking water. Learn about desalination. See more »

Is the Dead Sea really dead?

The Dead Sea has a macabre name, but it's famous for incredibly high levels of salt. Read about the Dead Sea and just how salty the body of water is. See more »

Who owns the oceans?

International water covers 71 percent of the Earth's surface and includes five oceans. Learn how international water is shared among all the nations. See more »

How can you make water invisible?

Magicians say invisible water exists, and they often prove it by floating a small boat on thin air. Learn the magic behind the invisible water trick. See more »