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The location in Medjugorje, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where six teenagers had visions of Mary is known as "Apparition Hill" (read more)

Featured Article: Ocean

Animated map exhibiting the world's oceanic waters
An ocean is a major body of saline water, and a principal component of the hydrosphere. Approximately 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by saline water forming one continuous body that is customarily divided into several principal oceans and smaller seas. More than half of this area is over 3,000 meters (9,800 ft) deep.

The world ocean, an integral part of global climate, is constantly changing, absorbing heat from the sun and cooling through evaporation, dissolving and releasing carbon dioxide, and moving in great conveyor belt currents transferring heat and moisture toward the poles from the tropics and deep below the surface returning cold water to the tropics. From ocean breezes to monsoons, hurricanes, summer rains, and winter fog, the oceans' heat and water vapor are constantly affecting life on land, even far from the ocean shore.

Popular Article: Acrobatics

High wire act
Acrobatics involve movements that are a combination of difficult feats of balance, agility and coordination that often utilize apparatus such as tightropes, trapezes, unicycles, balls, barrels, and/or poles. The performance of acrobatics requires quick reactions, and accurate timing. While considered to be a performing art, it is also practiced competitively as a sport.

Acrobats were greatly admired in ancient China, Egypt, and the Minoan civilization. Tightrope walkers were honored in ancient Rome. At fairs during the Middle Ages, tumblers performed somersaults, back flips, and other tricks to entertain large groups of people.