ABCs of MPAs

ABCs of MPAs

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are geographically defined regions in the ocean where the ecosystem receives greater protection than the surrounding waters. Dive into this poetic interactive to appreciate the range and depth of MPAs.


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Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Earth Science, Oceanography, Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Human Geography, Physical Geography

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Caryl-Sue Micalizio, National Geographic Society
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Anita Palmer
Sarah Appleton, National Geographic Society, National Geographic Society
Last Updated

November 15, 2023

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