The goal of Ocean Planet is to share with the public what recent research has revealed about the oceans and to encourage ocean conservation. Ocean Planet premiered at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History from April 1995 to April 1996. This online companion exhibition contains all of the text and most of the panel designs and images found in the traveling exhibition. Topics include global change, habitat destruction, marine pollution, marine biodiversity, hydrothermal vents, seafarers and how oceans shape their lives, food and services provided by the sea, and heroes of the sea. There are educational materials associated with Ocean Planet, including a set of lessons and marine science activities which adapt several themes of the exhibition for use in middle and high school classrooms. The site also includes profiles of professionals in oceanography and links to oceanographic information on the Internet.
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