Life in Water

Scientists may have tended to underestimate the importance of the oceans in sustaining life on our planet. The complex and varied composition of the oceans of the world make them home to more living organisms than the land. Water forms an ideal medium to contain all the inorganic material that are essential for the development and sustenance of life forms. The “vitality factors” contained within oceans, rivers, and land locked collections of water are the most important component of the food chain of all plant and animal life. The healing properties of sea water have been recognized by every culture for thousands of years. In some circumstances “treated sea water” has been used as medicine with variable benefit. In wartime, it was successfully used in lieu of blood for transfusions.

About 80% (four fifths) of the total animal life on the planet exists in the seas. Plant life is also abundant and seaweeds (especially kemp) are among the fastest growing most prolific plants on earth. The biomasses vary in density throughout the ocean. The deepest parts of the ocean supports life forms about which we know very little. The concept of “biomass” is important in oceanographic studies and it refers to the amount of living matter found per unit area of the sea. Underwater sea forests of kelp and coral reefs are rich biomasses that support a high concentration of living organisms. Coral reefs grow over thousands of years and mature into rich ecology where nutrients and elements are concentrated. If the oceans are considered a soup of life, the underwater forests, the coral reefs and the sea beds are the dumplings in the soup. These “dumplings” are huge “vitalistic” aggregations.

Whilst we are exploring the landmass of the earth, the oceans hold many secrets that are relatively inaccessible. This under- explored frontier of waters of the worlds surface has a volume of 42 million billion cubic ft or 286 million cubic miles. This calculates out to be 460,000,000,000 ounces of gold or over 100 times the gold held in the world’s vaults. Thus, the oceans are an enormous collection of metals, minerals, and chemical substances that sustain life. The seas contain many factors that are produced by its own living organisms.

An analysis of sea water shows variable results depending on the site of collection. However, it contains a striking array of organic compounds derived from plant and animal life. These compounds include organic acids, sterols, carotenoids, various free enzymes and variable amounts of macro and micronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, and proteins). Aggregations of life forms in the oceans, such as coral reefs, concentrate these complex compounds. It is easy to appreciate that the coral reefs are composed of, or exposed to, all nutrient classes known to man.

The sea rich in salt (sodium chloride) and every natural element known to man is present at one or other location. The contents of the sea are determined to a major degree by its residents, but oceans have many citizens who live in different geographical locations with distinct climates. Thus diverse ecology in the sea mirrors the diversity of life that is encountered on landmasses of the earth.

Author, Scientist, Lecturer

Bob Barefoot

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