The air we breathe: the ocean produces over half of the world's oxygen and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. Climate regulation: covering 70% of the Earth's surface, the ocean transports heat from the equator to the poles, regulating our climate and weather patterns. Transportation: 76% of all U.S. trade involves some form of marine transportation. Recreation: From fishing to boating to kayaking and whale watching, the ocean provides us with many unique activities. Economic benefits: the U.S. ocean economy produces $282 billion in goods and services and ocean-dependant businesses employ almost three million people. Food: the ocean provides more than just seafood; ingredients from the sea are found in suprising foods such as peanut butter and soymilk. Medicine: many medicinal products come from the ocean, including ingredients that help fight cancer, athritis, Alzheimer's disease, and heart disease. Download this graphic and share it!
Celebrate the beauty and wonder of our ocean.
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What better way to celebrate the ocean than with an oceanography merit badge!
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Explore NOAA ocean data including sea surface temperature, ocean heat content, and bathymetry.
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