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Five myths about oceans By Steve Palumbi and Anthony Palumbi

A diver examines coral near Jarvis Island.

Bernardo Vargas-Angel/AP
Apr 26 2017

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This weekend marks the 47th Earth Day, an annual celebration of our pale blue dot. As we reflect on the ground beneath our feet and the flora and fauna whose lives are entwined with ours, it’s worth giving equal consideration to the vast oceans just beyond our shores. The high seas are as vital to life on Earth as terra firma, and with their hugeness and depth, they provide that much more room for myths and mysteries. Here are five of the most persistent.