The Ocean

The Ocean

The Ocean is the vast body of salt water that covers nearly three-fourths of the earth. It is one continuous expanse of water surrounding the continents.

Although the ocean is one continuous body of water, Geographers have given it different names according to where it is divided by the continents. The main sections of the global ocean, from largest to smallest, are the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and Arctic Oceans.

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We are Living in The Age of Humans

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Earth is changing rapidly, and an increasing number of scientists say that humans have become the dominant force driving these changes. While the term has no formal definition, many agree that we are now living in an age shaped by human activity: the Anthropocene.

Evidence for the Anthropocene ranges from worldwide population booms to the expansive transformation of the landscape. But solutions are cropping up at the local level that could help create a more resilient global community.

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Abandoned Islands

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Planning a relaxing beach getaway? You’ll probably want to steer clear of these 12 uninhabited islands, which were abandoned for a variety of good reasons, and which nature has slowly begun to reclaim.

Some of the islands were depopulated due to insurmountable environmental forces (an infestation of venomous vipers, for example), some due to economic forces (changing shipping patterns), some due to technological forces (the discovery of a cure for leprosy), and some due to bizarre social forces (a homicidal lighthouse keeper). But all 12 islands still bear the unmistakable imprints of human civilization. Scroll down to begin, or use the links or map to jump to a specific island.

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