5 Strange Ocean Phenomena

A lot of people tend to forget that the Earth’s oceans are vast and deep and despite all the technological advances people have today, there are still so many hidden mysteries of the deep blue sea that have yet to be figured out. Some of the ocean’s mysterious working have already been explained but there are still some ocean phenomena that are yet to be explained. Below are some of the most amazing and most wonderful phenomena that occurs in the Earth’s oceans on a regular basis.

1.  Bioluminescence

When you look at the ocean at night, what do you see? Black waters, perhaps some lights from fishing vessel but what do you do when you see flashes of brilliant blue light? The blue ocean glow might alarm you at first but it really is just a wonderful thing called Bioluminescence which is the light marine creatures produce as a means of self-defense. Chemicals that are found on the sea creatures’ bodies are produced when they counteract with oxygen in the atmosphere and this is where the bioluminescent light comes from.

2.  Baltic and North Seas Convergence

This oceanic wonder has been debated for some years now and is the convergent point of the Baltic and north seas that can be found in Denmark in the province of Skagen. There is a clear mark where the two seas meet because of the different densities of the water. Some people have even said that this phenomenon is mentioned in the holy Koran.

3.  Steaming black sea

A steamy sea seems alarming but the steam arising from the Black sea simply comes from the humidity of the water that counteracts with the wind on the surface. Such a simple explanation but the effect is one that is oddly stunning.

4.  Green flash

When you think of the colors during sunrise and sunset, you may think mellow yellows and bright oranges for the first and brilliant shades of red, orange, and even purple for the latter. So what would you do if you say a flash of green? Some people may claim this green flash during sunrise and sunset is something alien but really, it is just a natural effect that happens due to the prismatic nature of the atmosphere. You see, during sunrise and sunset, the light from the sun gets divided into different colors which look green as a whole.

5.  Anomaly in the Baltic sea

Granted the previous phenomena have all been explained now it is time for an ocean phenomenon that baffles experts up until today and it is the anomaly in the Baltic Sea. This anomaly was discovered completely by accident back in 2011 wherein the divers found a thick circular entity that measured about 60meters thick and at a depth of about 90 meters in the sea. Nobody knows where the entity came from or even what it is for but for sure, it is one of the biggest ocean mysteries discovered during the recent years but it is indeed something that has captured their imaginations.


Groovy Science Experiments to Do at Home

Science is one of those things that can either become really boring or something that can be perceived as magic. It is all in how you look at it and if you want to give your kids a better outlook on science or if you want to encourage their budding interest in the subject, why not try out some experiments at home? Watching science in action is not only education for the kids but it is also highly entertaining and gives them something better to do than watching TV. Science experiments need not be overly complicated and below are some examples of amazing science experiments you can do at home.

Elephant toothpaste

This experiment is a lesson in reaction and the resulting foam is safe to touch. To get started, grab a soda pop bottle and set it in a tray to avoid making a mess. In a separate bowl, mix a tablespoon of yeast and two tablespoons of warm water. This mixture will help speed up the reaction.

In your soda pop bottle, pour in half a cup of hydrogen peroxide (6%). Choosing 8% will work too but if you get the 3%, it may not work as well. A few squirts of dish soap and some food coloring in the bottle and you are done. Pour in your yeast mixture in the bottle and watch magic happen! If you are performing this with older kids, they might have questions and it can be summed up in this formula that you can ask them to research: 2 H2O2  –>  2 H2O + 02.

Lava lamp

Lava lamps are groovy and if you have ever seen one in the stores and balked at the price, you can easily make one on your own and you can ask your kids to make it with you. It is a fun experiment that teaches them how oil and water do not mix. The result is just as groovy as a lava lamp you see in stores but so much cheaper. For this recipe, you need a clear and clean bottle, vegetable oil, water, food coloring, and effervescent tablets like Alka Seltzer. Fill your bottle with oil halfway and then add water. Make sure you have an inch of space left on top and add 10 drops of food coloring. Break your antacid tablets in quarters and drop them in one at a time. Make sure all the bubbles are gone before capping the bottle. The bubbles will move the globules of oil around and this will give off that lava lamp effect. This will teach your kids how oil and water do not mix and it makes for a nice room accessory.

These experiments are so much fun and very easy to do. Chances are, you already have the materials that you need and even if you do not have them, you can easily find them in your local stores. They are also safe to perform and you can manage the experiment with kids of all ages and never have to worry.