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How 24 Countries Finally Stopped Arguing and Protected The Ross Sea, One of the Last Pristine Areas in the World

Source: Smithsonian - June 14, 2017 in Politics

How 24 Countries Finally Stopped Arguing and Protected The Ross Sea, One of the Last Pristine Areas in the World
Photo: Brocken Inaglory/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Last October, 24 countries agreed to establish the world’s largest protected marine area: the Ross Sea in Antarctica. Sometimes referred to as “the last ocean,” this cold, barren, and seemingly inhospitable region is actually one of the most diversity-rich around. A vibrant sea floor beneath the ice boasts spiders the size of dinner plates, fish with antifreeze in their blood and countless numbers of microscopic krill. Algae blooms in bursts of blue and green that can be seen from space.

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