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Difference Between Ocean and Beach

Ocean Vs Beach

It is not that difficult to tell the difference between an ocean and a beach. Oceans are very immense in size to the point that you can safely say that they are rather only one continuous stretch of water covering the entire globe. It is so huge that it covers more than 70% of the face of the planet. If you come to think of it, the Earth has one huge body of water, but for territorial naming, this body has been divided into five smaller oceanic bodies namely the Atlantic, the Indian, the Pacific, the Southern and the Arctic Oceans. These individual oceans are further subdivided into different seas.

Being immense in terms of area, oceans are also very deep, more than 3,000 meters deep at an average. It is also a highly saline water body because of its salt content. Also because of this huge body of water, a multitude of marine plants and animals live within the ocean’s deep waters.

Oceans play a very crucial role in the biosphere. It helps regulate the climate changes and wind patterns, not to mention influences the rainfall experienced throughout the planet.

The color of the ocean is not white, nor is it blue. The ocean is rather a slightly blue body of water whose color is attributed more on the red photons absorbed from light by the water molecules and not because of the common misconception which is the reflection of the clear blue sky.

Unlike the ocean, beaches are landforms. They form a part of the shoreline of several bodies of water may it be a lake, a sea or even an ocean. As a landform, beaches have many particles of different rock types like pebbles, gravels, shingles, cobblestones, and of course sand. The action of the sea’s waves causes a change in the sediments along the coastal areas. Thus, beaches are either formed or destroyed by these waves. The said particles of rocks are not permanently fixed to an area of land because they are actually in a way ‘just’ suspended. In addition, beaches have become one of the best hot spots for recreation through the years.

All in all,


Oceans are the biggest bodies of water in the planet while beaches are landforms.

There are significantly a lot more marine plants and animals living within the oceans compared to those at the beach.

Oceans are slight blue in color while beaches depend on the color of the type of rock washed towards the shore.

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  1. This is a nice response, it’s well explained and clarified.

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