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Oceans In Trouble


Within their 1.40 billion cubic kilometres of water and 370 million square kilometres of expanse, we can find coral forests, deserts, mountains, volcanoes, minerals, bacteria, algae, complex plants, mammals, fish, reptiles, birds, crustaceans, molluscs and a very long list of life forms, many of which are still unknown to us.

Humankind has been using the oceans for aeons, but not until the last few centuries have our activities become a real threat. Pollution, over-fishing and over-hunting, mining, the destruction of the oceans richest areas, the massive occupation of the coasts and the alteration of their chemical composition and temperature are leaving a mark that is difficult to erase.