OCEAN POLLUTION 2017-10-14T08:11:36+00:00

Most ocean pollution comes as runoff from land and originates as agricultural, industrial, and municipal wastes. The remaining 20% of water pollution enters the ocean directly from oil spills and people dumping wastes directly into the water. Ships at sea empty their wastes directly into the ocean.

Coastal pollution can make coastal water unsafe for humans and wildlife. After rainfall, there can be enough runoff pollution that beaches must be closed to prevent the spread of disease from pollutants. A surprising number of beaches are closed because of possible health hazards each year.

Most ocean pollution comes from land and much congregates in the coastal regions.
Excess fertilizer travels in rivers to the sea and causes algae to bloom. These algae die and decomposition uses up the oxygen in an area, causing a dead zone.

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