What would happen if the ocean tempature was 180 degrees Fahrenheit?
- AmyLv 76 months agoBest answer
The air would heat up to nearly the same temperature. It takes a lot more energy to change the water temperature compared to air, so heating up the air doesn't cool off the water very much (which is why radiators circulate hot water to heat the air in your house).
This heating would start with the air above the oceans, but air circulates quickly, so it would spread all over the planet pretty quickly. You didn't say anything about latitude. If the ocean is the same temperature everywhere, then the air becomes the same temperature everywhere.
So every species that can't survive at, say, 150 degrees Fahrenheit would die.
A lot of water would evaporate. The hot wet air would form massive hurricanes. There might be a drop in sea level for the first few months, because evaporation would be happening over a much larger surface than the melting of glaciers. But over a few years all ice would melt, which would raise sea level 200 feet and flood the coastlines.
Eventually the excess heat would bleed off into space. The Earth would return to an equilibrium where absorbed solar energy equals emitted geothermal energy. That would probably be within 10 degrees of current temperatures, but it's hard to guess what the albedo would be of a planet with more clouds and no ice.
- Atarah DerekLv 76 months ago
Microorganisms start a new food chain around the steam vent.
- PhotonXLv 76 months ago
Then no humans would be alive on Earth to ask useless "What if...?" questions.
- 6 months ago
all life on Earth would die and then you would stop ;asking these stupid questions
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- poldi2Lv 76 months ago
All life on Earth would die. The oceans would die first, then all the animals that rely on the ocean for food would die, then the animals that rely on those animals would die and so on...
- busterwasmycatLv 76 months ago
If that was because the earth received enough energy from outside (or inside) to cause it to be that hot, well, then there wouldn't be much life on earth. Over the long term, the high vapor content of the atmosphere would lead to increased loss of water to space, and the water would disappear, and then the earth would really heat up.
- USAFisnumber1Lv 76 months ago
All sea life would die and so would we.
- don_sv_azLv 76 months ago
We would all die.
- KidddasLv 76 months ago
It will evaporate
by the time it cools down, heavy rain.
- 6 months ago
Uh, It would be hot...