HTML _ 97-588 - Oceans & Coastal Resources: A Briefing Book
17-Jul-1998; Alfred R. Greenwood, Eugene H. Buck; 38 p.

Abstract: More than two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water, with oceans and inland seas accounting for almost 140 million square miles. The United States and its insular areas, such as Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, have more than 13,000 miles of coastline, and the offshore U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone totals almost 3.4 million square miles.

The United States and the international community have important interests in ocean and coastal resources involving such issues as pollution of the resource base, food from the sea, energy and mineral development, marine transportation, and military applications. Equally important, an understanding of oceanic processes and air-sea exchange is vital to scientific estimates of the probability and of the timing and magnitude of global warming. A major concern is the possible impact of increasing population, development, and other human activity on the oceans and coastal environment, and feasible actions to better understand, define, and prevent unacceptable degradation. [read report]

Topics: Marine

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