The Impact of Global Warming on Oceans Essay

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Water takes up a larger percentage of the surface of our Earth than does land. The earth’s oceans are vital aspects to our environment and it is necessary that we take care of them. On another note, global warming is an issue that is having effects on almost all aspects of our environment. Global warming itself means a gradual increase in the temperature of our Earth’s atmosphere over large periods of time. There is evidence that global warming has occurred in the atmosphere, however, now we are beginning to see its effects in the world’s oceans, as well. Though some may not see the connection that it has with the oceans, it has had quite a profound effect on our Earth’s oceans. As I mentioned before, oceans are environments that must…show more content…
Now that we are aware that global warming is influencing our world’s oceans, we must look at the affects that it is having. I did not find any positive affects of global warming on the oceans. It is sad to say, but I was left with only the negative. One of the effects that warmer temperatures have on the oceans is that they disrupt the ocean circulation rate (Pearce, 1996). As I previously mentioned, oceans must maintain all of its characteristics properly. Warmer temperatures in the atmosphere affect circulation rates in the oceans. If circulation rates in the oceans are altered, then everything in the oceanic environment becomes changed. The oceanic currents become affected, as well.
Global warming is also affecting the animals that live in our marine environments. These marine mammals are accustomed to living in specific temperatures. They cannot survive in the water if the temperature of the water changes dramatically. Thus, certain animals die as a result of the increase in temperature of the oceans. Also, it is very difficult to receive data from something as large and profound as our oceans. The various techniques that scientists use to receive data are not exactly quiet experiments. The tools used to take ocean data are actually loud machines that are put into the ocean. One might think that these loud machines would have no affect on animals because it is very difficult to hear things under
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