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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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What if people wanted to use icebergs as a source of fresh water?

Seventy percent of the Earth's fresh water is in polar ice caps, the those caps calve icebergs all the time. So why can't we use those icebergs to provide fresh water that so many countries are in desperate need of?


Ocean Current Pictures

Ocean Current Pictures

Ocean currents can have a major impact on the Earth's weather. Check out this collection of ocean current pictures. See more »

What are tide tables?

What are tide tables?

Tide tables tell you when and how high the two highest and lowest tides in an area will be. Find out how tide tables can be useful to you. See more »

How Ocean Currents Work

How Ocean Currents Work

Ocean currents may be driven by tides, winds or differences in density. Learn how ocean currents affect marine transportation and nutrient cycling. See more »

What if people wanted to use icebergs as a source of fresh water?

What if people wanted to use icebergs as a source of fresh water?

Using icebergs for water could help supply places where water is in high demand but little supply. Learn about the possibility of using icebergs for water. See more »

Why is the world's biggest landfill in the Pacific Ocean?

Why is the world's biggest landfill in the Pacific Ocean?

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world's largest landfill, is located in the middle of the Pacific. Read about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. See more »

How Rogue Waves Work

How Rogue Waves Work

Rogue waves are colossal waves that seem to appear out of nowhere. Learn about rogue waves and find out what can cause rogue waves to appear. See more »

Should we be worried about the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico?

Should we be worried about the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico?

The Dead Zone is a vast area off the Gulf of Mexico, larger than several U.S. States, that is deadly to marine life. Learn more about the Dead Zone. See more »

How DEPTHX Works

How DEPTHX Works

What would you need to explore an ocean on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons? Among other things, you'd need a submersible vehicle to explore the ocean and relate findings back to Earth. Stone Aerospace is developing just such a vehicle: the DEPTHX. See more »

How Rip Currents Work

How Rip Currents Work

Rip currents are narrow, powerful currents of water that run from the beach out into the ocean. Learn how rip currents form and how to escape rip currents. See more »

Why are the waves on the U.S. West Coast larger than the waves on the East Coast?

West coast waves in the U.S. are larger than those on the east coast. Find out why west coast waves are larger than east coast waves in this article. See more »