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How We Study the Ocean

The study of the ocean, oceanography, is a daunting task. To tackle the mysteries of the deep, marine science requires a multi-disciplined approach with oceanographers dedicated to several fields of study:

Physical Sciences -- the study of the physical characteristics of the ocean that can be further broken down into:

- Chemistry -- composition of water
- Geology -- the ocean floor
- Physics -- the ocean's movement

Biological Sciences -- the study of the life in the ocean, from the smallest single-celled organism to the largest fish.

What makes the COOLroom approach to studying the ocean so unique is that it unites all these bodies of knowledge under one roof, creating a three-dimensional view of the sea that provides scientists with an opportunity to see how the physical and biological components of the ocean interact and affect each other over time.

If you have ever stood on a New Jersey beach and stared out across the Atlantic Ocean, you understand the enormity of what scientists are attempting to do. The Atlantic is huge, and it's only 24% of the total volume of the earth's oceans. You can't see across it, so how can you possibly discover every form of life it supports? It never stops moving and changing, so how do you quantify it? It's so deep it's almost impossible to descend without being crushed under its pressure, so how do you get a look at the ocean floor? Thanks to technical advances, oceanographers are helping to answer these questions and more.

Learn more about the evolution of oceanography.

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