The World Ocean and The Human Past and Present

Authored by: Hance D. Smith , Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero , Tundi S. Agardy

Routledge Handbook of Ocean Resources and Management

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415531757
eBook ISBN: 9780203115398
Adobe ISBN: 9781136294822

10.4324/9780203115398.ch1

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Abstract

In the rapidly expanding pantheon of planets currently being discovered within our galaxy, Earth may be regarded as particularly unusual in that just over seven-tenths of the surface is ocean, and yet the dominant life form – human beings – can only realistically inhabit the remaining three-tenths of the planet that is land surface.

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