Map shows damage people have done to the oceans

Posted by Laura Grant on February 17, 2008
Posted in Green News

A new map showing the state of the planet’s oceans should set alarm bells ringing all over the world. It shows that human activity has left almost no part of any of the oceans untouched and ecosystems have been severely compromised in more than 40 percent of the world’s waters.

Hundreds of experts created the map, which was published in the February 15 issue of Science by combining data on 17 different human impacts to oceans, including fishing, coastal development, fertilizer runoff and pollution from shipping traffic.

Areas of concern are reportedly coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangrove forests in estuaries, seamounts, rocky reefs and continental shelves.

The North Sea, South and East China Seas, Caribbean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Bering Sea, the Eastern Coast of North America and much of the western Pacific are the most affected by human influence, according to a report in Science Daily. Southern Africa’s oceans appear to show only limited impacts.

Via :: Science Daily

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