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What really lies beneath?

Humans have long had a great fascination with the sea. The mystery of our oceans has inspired scientific investigation since the 3rd century BC. But even after many centuries of study, Bhavani Narayanaswamy asks, how much do we really know about what lies beneath?

The way Earth's vast oceans support human life is so complex we are only just beginning to understand it. They regulate our climate and weather systems, absorb carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, supply half of our oxygen and are fundamental to primary productivity - the base of the world's marine food chain. Our oceans provide us with roughly 20 per cent of the animal protein eaten around the world, support industries from fisheries and aquaculture, to oil and gas, sport and transport, and provide us with recreational, cultural and spiritual services which are so fundamental to us we are barely aware of them....

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