The Negative Effects Of Ocean Pollution

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When you think of the beach what do you think of? Would you say something along the lines of beautiful blue water, smooth white sand, graceful fish, a breathtaking experience, and much much more? But what if that wasn 't the case. What if all those magnificent things were false due to the reality of oil spills , dying fish, dirty water, and plastic in our oceans. These things really are happening in the world, its called ocean pollution. Because of this marine life is constantly dying, innocent fish are mistaking plastic for food and becoming sick, and eventually all that plastic will kill everything beautiful in the ocean . Ocean pollution does not only kill marine life, but it is also is killing birds and coral reefs. Would you like…show more content…
According to, “Pollution issues” it states that, “Pollution is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it is older than most people realize… As humans moved from nomadic to settled societies, however, pollution increased in magnitude, becoming a real problem for the environment and its human and nonhuman inhabitants.” Although pollution has been around since the middle ages, that was nothing compared to the damage done after World War two. Due to WWII the type of pollution changed significantly (ibid). Corporations started to mass-produce and increase the use of synthetic materials such as plastic, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and inorganic pesticides such as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (ibid). Materials such as these are not only toxic and harmful, but accumulate in the environment, also these materials are not biodegradable (ibid). Thus, increasing the rates of deadly diseases such as, cancers, physical birth defects, and now other health problems are being observed (ibid). The accumulation of these atrocious materials causes a worrisome in the biodiversity of the environment. There are many more contributions to ocean pollution that many people don 't know…show more content…
There are many harmful chemicals in the oceans of the world. For example, there is a chemical called mercury in the ocean. According to, “Google” mercury is, “the chemical element of atomic number 80, a heavy, silvery-white metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures.” Mercury can lead to many issues the contribute to ocean pollution. This chemical can enter the ocean in a great deal of ways. For example, there was an enormous amount of mercury being dumped in the ocean in the past when people were not aware about the impact the mercury would have to the marine life (Oceanus Magazine). Coastal sediments tend to have levels of mercury that was dumped years ago (ibid). Some mercury in the ocean can come from natural resources such as volcanic eruptions (ibid). On the other hand two-thirds of mercury in the ocean are from human activities (ibid). Also, according to, “How Did Toxic Mercury Get Into Fish?” it states that, “The biggest single source is the burning of fossil fuels, especially coal, which releases 160 tons of mercury a year into the air in the United States alone. From there, rainfall washes the mercury into the ocean.” This proves that the mercury levels in the ocean have done nothing but increase. Also, that there are large amounts of mercury in the oceans around the
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