Published: July 2006
Learn More
In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

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U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy
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Environmental Protection Agency: Oceans, Coasts, and Estuaries
Learn about coastal environments and the many programs of the Environmental Protection Agency that work to protect them.

Joint Ocean Commission Initiative
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National Ocean Economics Program
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Blue Frontier
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Crossett, Kristen M., and others. Population Trends Along the Coastal United States: 1980-2008. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, September 2004.

Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development. National Coastal Condition Report II. December 2004. Available online at: Environmental Protection Agency

Helvarg, David. 50 Ways to Save the Ocean. Inner Ocean Publishing, 2006.

Helvarg, David. Blue Frontier. W. H. Freeman and Company, 2001.

Pew Oceans Commission. America's Living Oceans. May 2003.

Safina, Carl. Song for a Blue Ocean. Henry Holt and Company, 1997.

U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century, Final Report. July 2004. Available online at: Ocean Commission