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Welcome to Earth’s final frontier—the ocean. Dive in and discover that the ocean is a global system essential to ALL life—including yours. You’ll explore a world of unearthly beauty as you journey from coastline to open ocean, from shimmering surface to pitch-black ocean bottom. Come and take a virtual trip through the Hall for an overview of all the exciting things to see and do in the Sant Ocean Hall.

Earth viewed from space
Image courtesy: NASA

Vast

Earth is an ocean planet—the ocean accounts for more than 95 percent of the planet’s living space.


coral reef
Image courtesy: Michael Lang/Smithsonian Institution

 

Varied

The ocean is home to almost every major form of life.



Earth viewed from space
Image courtesy: Riccardo Cuppini


Vital

You—and all life—need the ocean to live.

 

 

 


Click on a gallery name on the map below
and enter the Sant Ocean Hall.


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