World Atlas of the Oceans

Reference Resource of the Week

Explore the depths of the oceans, from geological history to sea creatures, from drifting icebergs to sinking volcanoes.

Did you know that…?   “…the Red Sea is not red but an intense blue-green.  Its name derives from the blooming cyanobacterium, Trichodesmium erythraeum, also called blue-green algae. It sometimes reproduces in enormous numbers, forming a mile-wide slimy layer on the surface of the sea. After a couple of days, the algae die and stain the sea a reddish brown.”

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