Understanding the ocean.
For our planet and our future.


No matter where you live, the ocean affects your life.


of the oxygen from photosynthesis is produced in the ocean


of Earth's population lives within 150km (100 miles) of a coast


of international trade travels by ship


of the ocean is unexplored by humans


of heat from global warming has been absorbed by the ocean


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