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Sea of surprises: a newly protected tropical paradise has a deep, dark secret.(earth science)(Northern Mariana Islands)(Cover story): An article from: SuperScience [HTML] [Digital]

Nancy Honovich

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The Northern Mariana Islands in the western Pacific Ocean have some of the most extraordinary landforms on Earth. There's the deepest point on Earth, an area known as the Mariana Trench, towering underwater volcanoes, and deep-sea vents that spew scorching-hot water. Now the region includes the largest protected ocean reserve in the world!

Before leaving office, former President George W. Bush named the area a marine national monument. He also designated two other regions in the Pacific--Rose Atoll and the Pacific Remote Islands--marine national monuments. Now scientists can study this unusual area and the marine life that lives here without worrying about human-related harm to the environment. "[Destroying resources], waste dumping, and commercial fishing will be prohibited," said...

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