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Marine Pollution

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  • Submitted: 11/04/2010
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GCSE Physical Geography

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Marine Pollution

I am writing to convince the UK Government that it is time to take action to protect the seas around us. The harm being done to our oceans is damaging in many ways - not least because with increasing speed, we are severely depleting the world's stock of fish.

For four centuries the seas have been considered on inexhaustible resource from which people could take as much as they wanted. Now we have to face up to the fact that our oceans are not limitless - more and more people competing for less and less fish are which is making the existing crisis worse. Many marine ecosystems are at the point of collapse and will be destroyed unless we act quickly to protect them from the most serious threats.

Pollution from ships

Ships can pollute waterways and oceans in many ways. Oil spills can have devastating effects. While being toxic to marine life, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), the components in crude oil, are very difficult to clean up, and last for years in the sediment and marine environment.

Discharge of cargo residues

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Reviewed by: skatealexia

Rating: 5 star(s)

Response to the question

A very well done essay which concentrates all available reasons for the polluting of the ocean and expands on them in good detail for this level. To improve the candidate could suggest other improvements, relate to each problem, such as with overfishing the creation of replenishable stocks of fish that can be grown in large tanks on land known as aquaculture.

Level of analysis

The candidate includes a picture at the start which should be explained with a short notation or referred to at least once so we understand the purpose of it fully, although it does fit the topic well. The introduction is done well, and leads into the variety of ways in which we are polluting the ocean. The essay considers both environmental impacts on the wildlife, and economical impacts which is done to a very high level of detail. They consider a number of reasons for the damage to the sea, and also point out good viable solutions in a conclusion.

Quality of writing

The tone is that of a letter and the way the candidate writes fits this well although they do not follow this up right until the end. Punctuation, grammar and spelling all done to a very high level with excellent formatting.

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