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USA's Bountiful Ocean Areas

"The United States controls the waters stretching out to 200 nautical miles from its shores, a marine expanse as large as the total land area of all 50 states. Within the waters of this ocean realm are some of the most extraordinary communities of plants and animals on earth. Because the United States stretches across latitudes from the arctic to the tropics, our oceans contain a greater amount of diversity than almost any other nation." (Excerpt from "Keeping Oceans Wild" from the Natural Resources Defense Council website at )

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