By David A. Ross

ISBN-10: 1461260361

ISBN-13: 9781461260363

ISBN-10: 1461260388

ISBN-13: 9781461260387

The oceans conceal approximately seventy two percentage of our planet (which is called for the remainder 28 percent). those oceans have involved and challenged the human race for hundreds of years. long ago, the sea were used first as a resource of meals and later as a method of transportation. even if, the oceans have lately develop into very important-they could provide an answer to a lot of our glossy difficulties. for instance, refuse from land is to be dumped into the sea by no means to be obvious back; fish and different organic assets are to be stuck and used to fulfill the protein deficiency of the area; oil and fuel from the continental shelf and maybe deeper components will finally resolve our power difficulties. None ofthese examples is totally attainable, and the at­ resource offood and later as a method of transportation. although, the oceans social, and ecological difficulties within the marine atmosphere. international locations are al­ prepared making plans how the oceans will be divided up, so they gets their "fair share". Economists, politicians, and others are generating nearly day-by-day, confident or pessimistic perspectives (depending upon your personal point of view) in regards to the ocean and its assets. both loud studies come from environ­ mentalists, conservationists, govt assets, and oil businesses con­ cerning the pollutants and capability destruction of the ocean.

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Certainly, early sailors had an unwritten code of conduct concerning sea-going operations, accidents at sea, and navigation that had developed either out of necessity or from custom. Likewise, the strongest country or navy generally imposed their will on less well-endowed nations. Then, perhaps as now, the customary or traditional law of the sea favored those developed countries. Events Leading to the Truman Proclamation 39 The question of who owns the oceans had been asked and answered several times in the past.

_ _ • ' .. ~ .... \ .. - ~r , Sediments Figure 2-23. The life cycle in the ocean. (Adapted from Raymont 1963) Marine Geology-Geological Oceanography The marine geologist is principally concerned with the ocean bottom and its sediments, as well as with the history of these features and the processes that have caused them to have their particular characteristics. A marine geophysicist is more interested in the deep structure of the ocean basin and its physical characteristics. Basic equipment to both of these fields includes echo sounders for determining the depth (bathymetry) of the ocean, cameras to photograph the sea floor (Fig.

This convention recognized coastal state sovereignty of the air space over the territorial sea as well as of the sea bed and subsoil. Consideration was also given to what happens when the coasts of two states are opposite or adjacent to each other, in which case neither of the two states is entitled, without agreement between them, to extend its territorial sea beyond the equidistance line which divides the two states. This provision does not apply in areas where historic title or other circumstances defines the territorial seas between the two states.

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