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.
Coastal wetlands are disappearing
Coastal wetlands worldwide are being lost due to drainage, dredging and filling.
photo © S. C. Delaney/courtesy of Environmental Protection Agency
BAD SPORTS AND TOURIST TRAPS
Sea-floor and shore sights suffer from overexposure
Droves of tourists and water-sports fans descend on and into tropical and coastal waters. All too often they leave damage in their wake.
photo © Dan Ham/Tony Stone Images
Deforestation affects marine life
Clearing inland forests harms coastal ecosystems in the tropics and temperate areas
photos © Dale Glantz & © Jeff Foott
DAMS AND DIVERSIONS
Coastal ecosystems suffer when river water is diverted
Dams and diversions of fresh water alter fish habitat, rob downstream areas of nutrients, and raise salinity in coastal waters.
photo © Gary Braasch/Woodfin Camp & Associates
Ocean Planet Exhibition Floorplan
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