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The Crown Jewels of the Ocean
The Crown Jewels of the Ocean
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Language(s): English

Summary/Historical Context

Le «Patrimoine mondial» évoque des endroits comme la Grande Muraille de Chine, le Taj Mahal en 'Inde, ou la forêt amazonienne, au Brésil. Mais 70% du monde est recouvert par les océans qui fournissent un habitat pour nos fruits de mer, ainsi que les mammifères marins en voie de disparition tels que le rorqual bleu, le plus grand animal sur terre. Les océans constituent les "puits de carbone" les plus importants du monde, en absorbant environ un tiers du dioxyde de carbone que nos automobiles et autres centrales électriques déchargent dans l'atmosphère. Par ailleurs, les bactéries minuscules dans l'océan produisent plus de la moitié de l'oxygène que nous respirons.

Les océans abritent certains des endroits les plus spectaculaires de la planète, tel que la Grande Barrière de Corail de l'Australie, les îles Galápagos de l'Équateur et le Banc d'Arguin en Mauritanie

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“World Heritage” brings to mind places like the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal of India, or the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil. But 70 percent of the world is covered by oceans that provide habitat for our seafood, as well as endangered marine mammals such as the blue whale, the largest creature on earth. The oceans are the world's largest “carbon sink”, absorbing about a third of the carbon dioxide that our automobiles and power plants discharge into the atmosphere. And tiny bacteria in the ocean produce more than half of the oxygen we breathe.

The oceans are also home to some of the most spectacular places on earth such as the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, and Banc d'Arguin in Mauritania

Place/country:Worldwide,
Duration: 8 minutes
Credits: Bertrand Manzano (director), Jacques Perrin (participant), Geroges Pernoud (participant),
UNESCO WHC (publisher), Jaeger-LeCoultre (publisher), International Herald Tribune (publisher), France télévision (producer),
Published in: 2013

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