General Ecology Introduction

Image of Earth

  • The oceans of our planet cover approximately 70% of the Earth’s surface. The Pacific Ocean is the largest of all ocean basins, covering approximately 64 million square miles.
  • Throughout your Ocean Tracks experience, you will be learning about some of the species that live in the Pacific Ocean and the unique environmental factors of the region. You will be studying how these species, like the elephant seals and the great white sharks, are affected by their environment, which is part of the study of ecology.
  • Ecology is the investigation of how organisms interact with each other and how organisms interact in their environment.
  • The Google Earth image (left) shows the largest ocean basin, the Pacific. All of Earth's continents could fit inside the Pacific Basin!
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