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Deep Ocean Controversy

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Casey Hansen, Hard News Reporter

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Have you ever wondered what lies in the depths of
the ocean? Have you ever considered that we know virtually
nothing about what's in the oceans? In the western Pacific,
east of the Philippines about 120 miles off the Mariana
Islands, there is a place called the Mariana Trench, the
deepest part in the ocean. Scientists have next to no information about what lies in the 10,994
deep Channel. Scientists have always been baffled at the fact that we know so little about the
ocean that almost anything could be lurking in the depths.

There are mysteries in the ocean that science can't explain. There has to be some form of
animal phylum that we have never seen before. Science is taking a wrong turn. Most of the time
you only hear about space, what new planets we have found, or something that has to do with
stars, but shouldn't we focus on exploring our own planet first? Compared to what we know
about space, we know hardly anything about our oceans. Ever since 1957 when the Soviets
launched their first satellite, we have only been worried about space. It is time we step
away from outer space, and dive deeper into the depths of our world's oceans.

Over the years we have discovered hundreds of different medical uses from different
aquatic animals and plants. For instance, seahorses are harvested to treat kidney disease and
circulatory ailments in China. In addition, the great Coral reef in Australia is considered the
medicine cabinets of the 21st century. Coral reef plants and animals are important sources of new
medicines being developed to treat cancer, arthritis, human bacterial infections, Alzheimer's

disease, heart disease and other illnesses. A Marine biologist, Amy E. Wright, says, “Since corals
are stationary animals, many have evolved chemical defenses to protect themselves from
predators. Scientists continue to research the medicinal potential of these substances. In the
future, coral reef ecosystems could represent an increasingly important source of medical
treatments, nutritional supplements, pesticides, and other commercial products.The discovery of
novel chemical compounds from deep-sea marine organisms often takes us to new and exciting
locations.” This just proves that the ocean can be overflowing with different uses in the medical
field.

Even with all these medical uses the ocean has given us, we still have hardly even
touched the ocean's depths when it comes to medicine. Imagine if we put more effort into
searching our world's oceans; we might find a cure for cancer but our heads are stuck in the stars.

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