The Ocean Is The Lifeblood Of Our World Essay

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Introduction “The ocean is the lifeblood of our world. If we were to lose our fish that we appreciate so much by overfishing; or if we were to lose some of our favorite beaches to overbuilding and pollution, then how would we feel? It 's become a case of not knowing what you 've got until it 's gone” -Aaron Peirsol. As caretakers of the world, human beings should become familiar with systems, such as the reefs. They should also learn the impacts coral reefs have on their lives, as well as how our lives impact them. Coral reefs are necessary for multiple life forms, not excluding human beings. Oceans and coral reefs benefit the overall human population for three main reasons: protection, food, and economy. However, if the inappropriate exploitation continues, certain ecosystems may be permanently lost.
Astonishingly, billions of tiny sea creatures create the beautiful structures, known to man as “coral reefs,” and they remain scattered across the vast expanses of the globe. Organisms, polyps, produce external skeletons which combine over thousands of years to form reefs (Lynas 56). Coral reefs shelter a variety of sea life. More than one-quarter of all marine wildlife live within the boundaries of coral reefs (Glick). The most widely known species appear in family movies and television shows. However, this is as much as the average individual knows about the vital system. For instance, “Besides serving as habitats for thousands of marine species and absorbing…

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