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Marine Science and Policy: Continental Shelf Petroleum Development

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The offshore oil and gas industry is currently experiencing one of the most expansive periods in its history. As continental shelf development advances into deeper waters, the interest of scientists has increased. New structures in the water offshore have stimulated new communities of living marine resources. Chemosynthetic organisms previously unknown to science have been discovered near oil platforms in the deep ocean, and a population of sperm whales previously unknown has been discovered nearby. These developments bring home the importance of recognizing that government agencies, the academic and research communities, and the private sector can and should work together to acquire more knowledge and understanding of the oceans as individuals work to achieve economic and environmental sustainability and bring needed attention to the important benefits of ocean exploration.

Keywords: biodiversity; chemosynthesis; continental shelf petroleum development; marine resources; ocean exploration



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