Essay by chunky monkeyUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, January 1997

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The ocean covers Seventy-one percent of our planets surface. Life is

concentrated, however, in about four percent of it, and it is this four percent that is

being polluted by the tons every day. Everyone needs to understand that the oceans

are not endless, and not bottomless. They also much see that the ocean contains

much marine life which are essential to our eco-system. And in order to preserve

this other world of life, we must stop polluting the oceans, and begin to clean them

up. Although using the ocean for a toxic waste dump may provide for a cheap

alternative, we must not succumb to these barbaric urges. If we neglect to deal with

these ideals, than the world as we know it may not be as great a world for our

children as it was for us.

First, we need to understand that the oceans are not the vast resources that we

believe them to be, but just vulnerable natural resources.

Before Columbus' day,

the ocean were thought to be boundless. Although Columbus proved this theory

incorrect, the thought still remains in today's societies. "For we of the 20th century

still treat the ocean as the endless, bottomless pit it was considered to be in

medieval times."(Heyerdahl) The majority of the world's population still lives

under the misconception that the ocean is a hungry abyss, eager to devour all their

waste. These beliefs, however, are all untrue. The average depth of the oceans is

only a little more than a mile, when in fact, some lakes exceed this depth rather

handily. Although the size of the ocean is often pondered, the thought that it may

one day be gone, is never even considered.

The vast majority of all life in the ocean, inhabits only 1/25 of these...