- The oceans are up to 7 miles deep, with an average depth of 2.4 miles. 97% of the earth's water is held in the seas.
- Scientists have offered that 10 million to 30 million species of sea life may still be undiscovered.
- The seas fight global warming by soaking up 7.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year.
- 14 billion pounds of debris were dumped into the seas in 1996, when 200 pounds of fish were taken out.
- Leading-edge anti-inflammatory drugs and potentially lifesaving cancer treatments contain ingredients from fish and marine organisms.
- Aquarius, the world's only undersea laboratory, was reinstalled 63 feet deep in the ocean in late 1997, off the Florida Keys. It allows aquanaut-scientists to live and work continuously underwater for 10 days, while conducting experiments.
- The Texas coast covers more than 375 miles of Gulf shoreline; 1.425 miles of bayside marshes,estuaries,seashores, and islands; one-fourth of the State's population; and one-third of Texas' economic resources.
- Gulf Coast wetlands fall into two categories: saltwater marshes and freshwater marshes.
- A wetland is a collective term that applies to marshes, swamps, bogs, and similar areas that develop between open water and dry land. Wetlands are areas that are saturated by water for varying periods of time during the year. This saturation can be due to tidal influence, rainfall, and run-off, and groundwater seepage. Wetlands provide a wealth of values to society that may be divided into three categories: fish and wildlife values(habitats), environmental quality values (flood control and water purification), and socioeconomic values (jobs and forestry interests).
- In the United States, overlogging of mature bottomland hardwood forests is believed to have caused the extinction of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, North America's largest woodpecker.
- There are 19 species
of plants and animals
found in the Coastal
Bend that are classified
as threatened or
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