Oceanographic perspectives and hobby (part 2)

Oceanographic perspectives and hobby (part 2)

Photos and text by Linley Bignoux
English Teacher/Photographer

Another aspect of oceanography is the inclusion of Astronomy, this may sound peculiar, and you may think what has Astronomy to do with Oceanography let alone marine science in general, well, in fact, it has a lot to do with it. The very fact that the moon affects tidal movements on earth is a testament that astronomy as a scientific discipline or astronomical causes and effects are prevalent in our oceans or seas.
Astronomy is an important subject as well. The very origins of life and the origin of water have been theorized to come from outer space and certainly may have an astronomical explanation of where it came from.
Water is in a way paramount if we are to understand our world’s oceans of course. Oceans on other planets have in recent years been discovered via space exploration. Earth’s tidal forces are equally important for scientific inquiry and study.
Geological subjects richly inform oceanography as well, such as hydrologic cycles, sediments, coastal processes and seafloor or crust tectonics are an important and sometimes vital part of understanding the geological aspects of the ocean.
Furthermore, geographical properties such as worldwide climate, coastal land formation, weather and wind belts are an important part of informing oceanography from the stance of geologic processes.
Biological aspects such as marine life adaptions, microbiology, conducting ecological surveys and fisheries research are how biology plays a vital role in oceanography. Chemistry plays a pivotal role as well in the form of chemical tracers, density, and stratification. temperature dependence and dissolved or diluted substances or components.
Lastly, that brings us to physics such as the thermal properties of water, the inner workings of sonar, waves and how currents form and work are interesting aspects that the field of oceanography seeks to understand.
Explaining what you like of course does not like to be technical and although scientific disciplines are full of jargon and the vocabulary used may sometimes be difficult to understand, it is not exclusive to the technically minded or scientist to explain them
Making it relevant and ensuring that you don’t overwhelm the reader or person with endless unnecessary words, and if you are like me and have an inquiring or curious mind and it is a hobby that you like to actively pursue, it becomes interesting and fun to know about, but make it simple when you explain your hobby or interest.
Meanwhile not claiming to know everything is a good start too since you never stop learning about your hobbies or interests, telling what you have learnt and sharing your perspectives are equally rewarding and fun.
There are of course many ways to explain and describe our oceans and seas artistically nostalgically philosophically and scientifically, given the notion that science alone cannot explain most of the non-physical or not tangible elements and parts of our world that the oceans portray in the minds of many who are critically, nostalgically, philosophically inclined to take the breadth of perception and human understanding beyond scientific boundaries
Likewise, the oceans and seas can be described in many ways via many disciplines as I have attempted to point out or indicate, wishing to explain the very things that people may find magical intriguing, or even mysterious, explaining things fundamentally in simple language is key.


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