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Saving our history, if not the ocean

Saving our history, if not the ocean

I was attacked by an ocean recently. I lost a hamstring and a tendon in one leg when a wave blindsided me. I'm sure it was nothing personal. Just as we are largely unaware of the damage we are doing to the ocean, the ocean was unaware of the damage it was doing to me. Or, more importantly, the damage it was doing to the shoreline.

It also is unaware of the damage people are doing to it. We treat the ocean as a handy garbage pit, tossing in everything from runoff farm nutrients to ship waste to human sewage to spilled oil to plastic soda can holders.

While harmful, these are by comparison little things. We also are changing it drastically because of human-engineered climate...

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