Story: Law of the sea

Land-based pollution

Land-based pollution

Run-off from the land can contain harmful chemicals from fertilisers and other pollutants. In this photograph taken from a space shuttle, the blue-green areas around New Zealand’s coast contain debris swept out to sea, where it can have a detrimental effect on marine life.

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NASA-Johnson Space Center
Reference: Image Science & Analysis Group STS104-329-26

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Bill Mansfield, 'Law of the sea - Protecting the oceans', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6973/land-based-pollution (accessed 16 August 2020)

Story by Bill Mansfield, published 12 Jun 2006