Our oceans are never still. The tides change twice daily and rain falls causing rivers to flow. Waves crash the shores due to wind moving over the water’s surface. The great oceans are also moving with the Coriolis effect of the earth. This causes the oceans to move clockwise in the northern hemisphere and anti-clockwise in the southern hemisphere. At the poles the water cools and descends, at the equator it warms and rises. This causes the great oceanic conveyor belt and keeps the nutrient cycles in oceans moving. Without this constant movement the oceans would become stagnant and eventually stop. This is a worry with the continual warming of the planet and melting of the icecaps. Without the natural cooling of the earth and the water at the poles, this massive conveyor belt may stop. What then happens to life on this planet as we know it?
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