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50 incredible photos of our oceans

Stacker Logo By Ben Wittstein of Stacker | Slide 1 of 51: As eloquently stated by the United States Geological Survey, "the Earth is a watery place." This is something easy to lose sight for those who do not live near a major river, lake, or ocean; but humans and the land we live on take up only a small percentage of the planet's primarily aquatic surface. More than 70% of the Earth's surface is covered in water, of which the vast majority is salt water found in the five major oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Southern, the last of which was proposed to the International Hydrographic Organization at the turn of the Millenium and has yet to be agreed upon by all countries, though it is officially recognized by the United States. One of the planet's most valuable natural resources, the oceans have been treated with a disappointing lack of care and the negative effects are tangible. It is up to each individual to do their part in preserving the natural beauty the oceans offer.

Stacker has collected 50 stunning photographs of the world's oceans in an effort to not only encourage more to visit these beautiful locations but also to be cognizant of the pivotal role each human plays in ensuring the preservation of these incredible bodies of water. Read on to enjoy these otherworldly views to be reminded of the preciousness of Earth's biggest water sources.

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50 incredible photos of our oceans

As eloquently stated by the United States Geological Survey, "the Earth is a watery place." This is something easy to lose sight for those who do not live near a major river, lake, or ocean; but humans and the land we live on take up only a small percentage of the planet's primarily aquatic surface. More than 70% of the Earth's surface is covered in water, of which the vast majority is salt water found in the five major oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Southern, the last of which was proposed to the International Hydrographic Organization at the turn of the Millenium and has yet to be agreed upon by all countries, though it is officially recognized by the United States. One of the planet's most valuable natural resources, the oceans have been treated with a disappointing lack of care and the negative effects are tangible. It is up to each individual to do their part in preserving the natural beauty the oceans offer.

Stacker has collected 50 stunning photographs of the world's oceans in an effort to not only encourage more to visit these beautiful locations but also to be cognizant of the pivotal role each human plays in ensuring the preservation of these incredible bodies of water. Read on to enjoy these otherworldly views to be reminded of the preciousness of Earth's biggest water sources.

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