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Oceanic processes

Oceans cover nearly three quarters of the Earth’s surface and are vital to our weather and climate.

At its deepest, the ocean extends down to around 36,000 feet in the northwest Pacific, but the waters of the Caribbean Sea are relatively warm and shallow. The oceans move around with similar mechanisms and physical properties to our atmosphere. Warm waters rise, cold waters sink, and the interaction between the ocean and atmosphere helps drive our weather patterns.

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