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There are many ways the ocean is important, some more obvious than others

There are many ways the ocean is important, some more obvious than others.

The ocean:

  • Provides food.
  • Provides oxygen through the photosynthesis of tiny plant-like organisms called phytoplankton. These organisms provide an estimated 50-85% of the oxygen we breathe and also have the ability to store excess carbon.
  • Regulates climate.
  • Is a source of important products such as medicines, and things that we use in food such as thickeners and stabilizers (which may be made from marine algae).
  • Provides recreational opportunities.
  • Contains natural resources such as natural gas and oil.
  • Provides "highways" for transportation and trade. More than 98% of U.S. foreign trade occurs via the ocean