To tickle your fancy or tease your taste buds, turn to the oceans. To soothe your ills or stoke your imagination, see what the seas offer.

Oceans and their plants, animals, and minerals can do all this and more.Store shelves brim with stuff that started in one way or another in the seas, most of which made it to market by ship.

The oceans' place in your life style is more than merely mercantile. Other services furnished by the seas include inspiration, recreation, vacation, transportation--not to mention the world's most vital recycling program.

Illustrations courtesy of Ray Troll

Ocean Planet Exhibition Floorplan

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Judith Gradwohl, Smithsonian Institution (Curator/Ocean Planet)