Ocean Literacy: The Ocean Makes Earth Habitable

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    "The ocean makes Earth habitable." So states the fourth Ocean Literacy principle, a series of fundamental concepts to help us better understand the ocean's influence on us and our influence on the ocean. World Ocean Radio's ocean literacy series continues this week with thoughts on the complex diversity contained in the world ocean, and the importance of a healthy ocean as the universal operating system that provides fresh air, water, food, and every nurturing condition upon which all life depends. This episode is part five of a nine-part series on Ocean Literacy, an anthology of reflections, examples and illustrations that represent responses to the ocean and the environmental challenges we face.

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About World Ocean Radio
Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the World Ocean Observatory, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide.

- Ocean Literacy Curriculum
- About the Ocean Literacy Principles


The Lena River, some 2,800 miles (4,500km) long, is one of the largest rivers in the world. The Lena Delta Reserve, an important refuge and breeding ground for Siberian wildlife, is the most extensive protected wilderness area in Russia. The Lena empties into the Laptev Sea in the Arctic Ocean. Credit: @USGS