The Ocean

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    Dangers of Deep-Water Drilling

    Is Another Disastrous Oil Spill Inevitable?

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More About the Oil Spill

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    Layers of Life

    Examine the creatures that inhabit the gulf and its wetlands, and see how they have been affected by the disaster.

  • A boat cuts through surface oil near the Deepwater Horizon blowout.

    Gulf Spill Dispersants Long-lasting

    Massive amounts of dispersants pumped into the Gulf of Mexico to break up the BP oil spill lingered for months, new research shows.

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    Forlorn in the Bayou

    Louisiana’s wetlands are resilient and have bounced back before. But no one knows how long this recovery will take.

Ocean Topics

National Geographic Magazine

  • Photo: Waves crashing over rocks covered with sea grass and kelp

    Tide Pools Pictures

    A cast of thousands clings to rocky real estate in a narrow strip of shore called the intertidal zone.

  • Photo: Parrotfish smile, Heron Island Great barrier Reef, Australia

    Great Barrier Reef Photo Gallery

    From tiny coral polyps grew a marvel: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Could it all come crumbling down?

  • Photo: Seafloor bubbling due to the higher levels of CO2

    The Acid Sea

    Carbon dioxide we pump into the air is seeping into the ocean and slowly acidifying it.

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Your Ocean

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    For Kids

    Learn about the ocean with activities, photos, and games.

  • Photo: A school of fish and a shark swim in a coral reef.

    Ocean Education

    Bring engaging and important ocean learning to your classroom.

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    Ocean Life

    Order ocean books, DVDs, maps, and more from the National Geographic online store.

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    Ocean Special Issue

    Explore the world's oceans, from their prehistoric beginnings to modern-day efforts to preserve their natural wonder.

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    Ocean: An Illustrated Atlas

    Immerse yourself in the wonders of the deep through colorful maps, photos, and satellite images.