Marine Destruction


Overfishing is a form of overexploitation where fish stocks are reduced to below acceptable levels. According to World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), more than 85% of the fisheries in the world have been pushed to or beyond their biological limits. [4] Video summary: Many people around the world rely on fish as their main daily source of …

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Arctic Ice

Disappearing Ice Video Summary: Data may encapsulate the events of a single second or many years; it may span a small patch of Earth or entire systems of suns and planets. Visualizing data within its natural environment maximizes the potential for learning and discovery. Scientific visualization can clarify data’s relationships in time and space.

Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs are an important component of our marine ecosystem as they support approximately 25% of marine life. However, the coral reef habitats have experienced a sharp decline in recent years, with approximately 66% of the coral reefs under the state of being seriously threatened. [3] Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is disappearing. The main causes …

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Dead Zones

A dead zone is commonly formed when there is eutrophication happening. Eutrophication occurs naturally, but human activity has been associated with increased frequency of eutrophication. Map of dead zones and areas of concern around the world. How do dead zones form?  

Ocean Acidification

Oceans absorb approximately 22 tons of carbon dioxide daily, and the pH of the world’s oceans are expected to decrease from pH 8.1 to pH 7.8 by the end of this century. The decline in pH is detrimental to many marine organisms, especially those with shells such as zooplankton and coccolithophores. These organisms are important …

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Marine Debris

There are many issues negatively impacting marine habitats. [1-6] Humans are the main contributors of marine debris present in marine environments around the world. According to statistics, there are 5.25 trillion pieces of marine debris present in ocean waters. This includes plastic microbeads, plastic bags, cosmetic containers, and old toothbrushes. Organisms such as fish and birds …

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