The Dangers Of Ocean Pollution

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Ocean Pollution The Ocean covers approximately 70% of earth’s surface. All that ocean provides humans with food, water, and plants. Unfortunately, those large bodies of water that are helping us live on earth, are being turned into landfills by the wastes that are being created and polluted by humans. Water pollution is showing what is capable of year by year. If we don’t start making a push towards cleaner oceans earth will no longer be able to provide us a home.

It wasn’t until the 1800s that people began to understand that polluted waters were an issue that was affecting everyone 's health. The first major sewage system was then built in Chicago in the mid-1850s by an engineer named Ellis S. Chesbrough. This idea then spread through
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It almost seems like we ignore the fact until some type of catastrophe occurs. The longer we as people wait to make a difference the worst things are going to get. According to Diego Garces of WWF Global, [cite the first item in your list --author or title, not the website in signal phrases and parenthetical citations ] “Over 80% of marine pollution comes from land-based activities.” The wide range of ways that ocean pollution is happening is from: oil spills, fertilizers, sewage disposal, and toxic chemicals. The sad thing is, is that the list could go on and on. The amount of oil alone is harming the ocean severely with approximately 706 millions gallons of oil waste enters the ocean every year. source --Garces? You might ask how the fertilizers are affecting the environment. When farms are being fertilized chemicals can drift off or runoff past what is being sprayed. That runoff has caused huge problems in coastal areas. This causes eutrophication which can cause the water to lose it supply of oxygen. The loss of oxygen is caused by rapidly developing algal blooms in the water being made from the extra nutrients that were created by the runoff fertilizers. Another way that ocean pollution occurs is from sea garbage. Things like packing material, plastic bags, clothes, bottles, and cans are all examples of sea garbage. Even looking at that list I can pick out a couple things I have just thrown into the ocean. Just by drowning an empty beverage bottle and letting it sink to the bottom and thinking, “It’s a huge ocean what’s one going to hurt?” Well that one just added to the enormous pile already in the bottom of the ocean. Claire Groden reports “There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic trash in the world’s oceans, and each year, 8 million tons of plastic are added to the count. That’s

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