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.
Widespread pollution adds up
Identifying a water polluter is a snap when you spot a single pipeline spewing wastes. A wide range of activities contribute to nonpoint source pollution.
photo © David H. Harvey/Woodfin Camp & Associates
Swim at your own risk
Raw sewage from combined sewer overflows and other sources poses health risks and contributes to oxygen depletion in coastal waters
photo © Bruce Wodder/The Image Bank
Non-native species are introduced to new areas through ship ballast water and other means, and often cause ecological problems.
photo © Norbert Wu
More than three-quarters of ocean pollution comes from land
Much of it flows into the oceans from the mouths of rivers.
Ocean Planet Exhibition Floorplan
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