Ocean Literacy Matters

Ocean literacy is an understanding of the ocean’s influence on you—and your influence on the ocean.

The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences

1 The Earth has one big ocean with many features.

2 The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth.

3 The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.

4 The ocean made Earth habitable.

5 The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.

6 The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.

7 The ocean is largely unexplored.


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