The text on this site is presented as an archival version of the script of "Ocean Planet," a 1995 Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. The content reflects the state of knowledge at the time of the exhibition, and has not been updated.
Each of the four sides of this buoy marks the course through oceans in peril.
Oceans are crucial in shaping climate
Oceans store and move heat around the planet, and they're a major source and storehouse for gases that affect climate.
photo © Luc Cuyvers
Stratospheric ozone depletion could have ecological effects
Like falling dominoes, each level in the antarctic food web could be affected by increased ultraviolet radiation.
photo © José Azel/Aurora
SWARMING THE SHORES
As coastal populations grow, development threatens wildlife and coastal ecosyatems.
photo © Robert Perron
Growing human population place demands on coastal resources
Over half of the world's population lives within 60 miles of a coastline.
Fourth of July weekend, Absecon Island, New Jersey, 1983 photo © Michael Baytoff/Black Star
Ocean Planet Exhibition Floorplan
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