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Marine Ecosystems
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Marine Ecosystems

Marine, or ocean, ecosystems show great variety, proving that oceans aren’t all the same. This ecosystem also includes the shoreline and the interaction there between land and sea.

Check out the features of shorelines, temperate oceans, and tropical oceans.

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Biggest Marine Census Complete

Biggest Marine Census Complete

It took 10 years of research and exploration and 2,700 scientists from 80 countries to discover more than 6,000 potentially new species of marine life in this comprehensive census. More...

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National Geographic
Life in a Saltwater Environment

Life in a Saltwater Environment

Living where land and sea meet, about 80 species of mangroves thrive in hot, salty environments that other plants can’t tolerate. More...

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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Marine Ecosystem

Marine Ecosystem

From treelike bryozoans in the depths to diving dolphins at the surface to cruising seabirds in the air, take an interactive tour of a New Zealand marine estuary. More...

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University of Waikato
Image Gallery: Census of Marine Life

Image Gallery: Census of Marine Life

Click through these amazing images to get an idea of the astonishing variety of marine lifeforms. Beware the vampire squid, which lurks in California’s Monterey Bay! More...

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University of Rhode Island
Interactive Map of Eutrophication & Hypoxia

Interactive Map of Eutrophication & Hypoxia

The quality of Earth’s aquatic ecosystems has changed in the past 160 years, mainly from human impact. Explore this map to see areas with eutrophication (a damaging excess of nutrients) and hypoxia (insufficient oxygen). More...

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World Resources Institute
Jose Urteaga, Marine Biologist and Conservationist

Jose Urteaga, Marine Biologist and Conservationist

Jose Urteaga first got hooked on marine biology when he observed baby sea turtles emerge from their nests to make the dangerous dash to the sea in his native Nicaragua. After that, his curiosity only grew. More...

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National Geographic
Marine Habitat Destruction

Marine Habitat Destruction

Like terrestrial habitats, marine ecosystems also get degraded. Many threats come from human actions, including pollution, logging, dredging, draining of wetlands, and coastal development More...

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National Geographic
The Aquatic Biome

The Aquatic Biome

Water covers 75% of the Earth’s surface, a fact that makes it important to understand the aquatic, or water-based biome — and the freshwater and marine ecosystems that form it. More...

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University of California, Berkeley
U.S. Marine Protected Areas Online Mapping Tool

U.S. Marine Protected Areas Online Mapping Tool

Marine environments need all the help they can get. This interactive mapping tool helps you visualize the marine areas protected by the United States, including many remote sites in the Pacific. More...

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NOAA

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