Reflection Essay on Oceanography

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Oceanography Studies was fantastic and overall an amazing class.  Through this course I realized the vast variety of topics researchers and oceanographers face when considering the vast territory it covers. Although my goal is to become a Pharmacist and my area of interests are other science courses, this class over exceeded my expectations.  Oceanography is the scientific study of the ocean. I learned that Oceanography researchers are very dedicated to their mission.  This field attempts to answer questions that are fundamental to humanity, with the potential to discover truths regarding our origin, human evolution, and the possibilities of life outside our planet. Through this course, many topics were analyzed. It was interesting to know that all waves, even from the smallest ripple to the most destructive tsunami, have similar characteristics. For example they all have crests, troughs, wave heights, lengths, and periods. Also, water particles that make up the waves all move in identical orbital patterns and only when waves become unstable this motion is destroyed. The course also discussed how the sun light plays a vital role in the sea and how other forms of life depend on chemosynthesis rather than photosynthesis in the deep ocean. The vast life in the ocean made me realize how little my knowledge and experience was in this field. Writing this reflection paper made me realize how much I enjoyed this diverse subject of science. It has interested me so much that I am very much considering learning more about oceanography on my own terms to satisfy my hunger for knowledge. This class made me aware that we are on the verge of significant discoveries that have yet to be made since much of the deep-sea environment has not been discovered. There is far more of this world that has to be unveil and Oceanography plays an important role.
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