Earth’s oceans are almost unthinkably enormous. They cover 75 percent of earth’s surface, they contain the majority of all life on earth and they are so deep and vast that we have explored only 20 percent of them. (We know more about the moon, a foreign celestial body than we do about the oceans on our planet.)
But it’s even harder to wrap our heads around the idea of an earth without a functioning ocean system. “Most of us can’t imagine what it will be like when the whole ocean system collapses,” says Colin Angus, CTO and cofounder Open Ocean Robotics, a tech startup that makes autonomous boats.
The effects of ocean collapse cannot be overstated. If our oceans fail, then humans will experience suffering on an unprecedented scale and life on earth, as we currently know it, ceases to exist. And that’s the future we face if we don’t do a better job of protecting our oceans.
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