The immeasurable diversity of nature on our planet: scientists consider to 3500 species of mammals and more than 850 000 species of insects. Despite the fact that already for many centuries is explored flora and fauna, and annually published reports of discoveries of new species, which find even in long inhabited and explored areas. So, in the early 30-ies of our century was known to 800 thousand species of butterflies, and by 1942 he already 900 thousand species. Even less studied is the life in the oceans, which often make sensational discoveries.
The existence in the seas and oceans are dangerous animals the people knew even in ancient times, although along with very real views were widespread tales of fantastic sea monsters. It was known about the danger of injections of some animals, on the toxicity of some marine animals by eating them for food and, of course, about large aggressive fish – the shark. Currently published a lot of papers devoted to the description of poisoning from the ingestion of marine animals in different parts of the World ocean. So, only in 50-ies of our century from such poisoning suffered tysjacheletij. According to the researchers, only poisonous fish there are about 500 species, most of which live in the salty waters.
By climatic and geographical basis distinguish polar, Northern, temperate, subtropical and tropical zones. The majority of our population lives in Northern and moderate climatic zones and therefore are not familiar with the fauna and flora of the tropics. Year-round abundance of warmth in them contributes to the rapid development of wildlife. So, in the Amazon region, has about 15 thousand different species of animals. Continue reading
In ancient times, 65 million years ago (the end of the age of dinosaurs), on the border between the Cretaceous and Paleogene periods, lapped the ancient Tethys ocean . which, in geologically near future had to disappear and leave behind the Mediterranean . The black and Caspian seas and the Persian Gulf. The first two are further connected by the Atlantic ocean, the latest from the Indian.
Page sections about geologic processes in the Atlantic ocean and the seas of the Atlantic .
Sea Atlantic area
Archipelagos and underwater ridges of the Atlantic
The formation of the Strait of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean sea (5 million years BP)
The Strait of Gibraltar that separates Morocco from Spain, is only 15 km width. Perhaps the flooding of the plains by the ocean between Africa and Europe and is reflected in the ancient Greek myth of Debelyanovo the flood that supposedly happened in “ancient Greece”*, namely in the district of Dodon and of the river of Aheloy [I think it was near the Caucasus, and then we can talk about the Black sea]. There is another myth, that the rocks of Gibraltar and Ceuta opened Hercules.
The breakthrough of the Ocean through the Gibraltar – perhaps the work of man.
Kondratov A. Atlantis Tethys sea. Exposure.
Leonardo da Vinci on the levels and currents of the seas. Continue reading
A long time ago, even before dinosaurs roamed the Earth and were the first sharks that these extraterrestrial beings already inhabited the seas and oceans. They are the most ancient inhabitants of our planet . lived on Earth for another 500 to 700 million years ago.
This jellyfish is one of the most amazing, beautiful and mysterious sea creatures.
Jellyfish seem to be supernatural creatures, alien beings largely thanks to its strange forms and colors. The nature has created them according to his own, some incredible drawings: the body resembles an umbrella, or bell, sometimes the ball.
His name jellyfish has been because of the similarity with a wiggling hair-the legendary snakes of the Gorgon Medusa from Greek mythology. (Photo Animal Theory):
There are about 2000 different species of jellyfish. Some live in fresh water, others are found in seas and oceans. (Photo By The Tahoe Guy):
As already mentioned, jellyfish have lived on Earth for another 500 to 700 million years ago. This is a very long time. For example, the first dinosaurs appeared about 225 million years ago and the most ancient representatives of the sharks existed about 420-450 million years ago. (Photo Animal Theory):
The structure of a jellyfish is also incredibly: primerena they consist of 95% water, 3-4% — of salt and 1-2% — from protein. They have no heart, no eyes, no circulatory system or gills.
The Cassiopeia jellyfish, living mainly in the Mediterranean sea. (Photo Pietro Columba) Continue reading