National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce


NOAA's Argo Program Has Been Observing the Oceans for Two Decades

The ocean is massive. It covers more than 70 percent of Earth's surface. The Pacific Ocean alone blankets 60 million square miles (155 million square kilometers) of the planet. This water regulates our climate and weather patterns by funneling heat from the equator to the poles, produces more than half of the world's oxygen, and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. Greg Johnson is quoted. 



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