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Marine Tourism, Climate Change, and Resilience in the Caribbean, Volume II by Samantha Hogenson, Martha Honey, Kreg Ettenger

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CONCLUSION

Marine Tourism, Climate Change, and the State of the World’s Oceans

Mark J. Spalding

To the ancient Greeks, Oceanus was the primordial god of the sea, sometimes seen as an endless river encircling the world, from which the sun rose and set. In this vision, the sense that the human world was encompassed and intertwined with the ocean was absolute.

Today, we know that the ocean is more than just a river encircling the earth, although ocean sunrises and sunsets still call to mind romantic and beautiful images. We know that the ocean covers 70 percent of the planet—and rising, thanks to global warming. We know it is a complex global patchwork of rocky coasts and beach-lined shores, intertidal zones and wetlands, kelp forests and coral ...

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