I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend? ~Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985
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Top 10 in Challenge! (Absence of Color – Strangeland
A group of scientists has drawn a map that leaves the land blank and highlights what humans have done to the world’s oceans. The team was led by Ben Halpern of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, Calif. “Fly over the ocean in a plane and all you see is blue water,” Halpern said. "All you can think is, ‘Oh my goodness, how can we possibly be having an impact on such a vast resource?’
Larry Crowder, a fisheries biologist at Duke University in North Carolina, says this map could change the way a lot of people see the oceans. ‘Hey, we’re all living on a little blue dot,‘" Crowder says. The new map, he says, "shows us that the ocean isn’t infinite, that we can put too much in and take too much out, that we can damage the system upon which we all depend."
The areas in blue show the UNDAMAGED portions of the seas. They barely show: an alarming trend, at best!
Photoshop Creation/black and white
Model is from batw 1 ~ jademacula
Eye is from pinkmango stock
Water in the foreground done with Flood in CS2