The oceans are the very foundation of humanlife...
The ocean is vast, covering 140 million square miles,some 72 per cent of the earth's surface.
most of the world's people live no more than 200 milesfrom the sea and relate closely to it.
he oceans had long been subject to the freedomof-the-seas doctrine -a principle put forth in theseventeenth century essentially limiting nationalrights and jurisdiction over the oceans to a narrowbelt of sea surrounding a nation's coastline.
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