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Encyclopedia > National Marine Conservation Areas

National Marine Conservation Areas (NMCAs) is a Parks Canada programme responsible for marine areas managed for sustainability and containing smaller zones of high protection. They include the seabed, the water itself and any species which occur there. They may also take in wetlands, estuaries, islands and other coastal lands. They are protected from dumping, undersea mining and oil and gas exploration and development. Parks Canada is a Canadian government agency whose purpose is to protect and present nationally significant examples of Canadas natural and cultural heritage and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations. ... Marine is an umbrella term for things relating to the ocean, as with Marine biology, Marine geology, and as a term for a navy, etc. ... Sustainability is a systemic concept, relating to the continuity of economic, social, and environmental aspects of human society. ... The seabed is the bottom of the ocean. ... Water (from the Old English word wæter; c. ... In biology, a species is, loosely speaking, a group of related organisms that share a more or less distinctive form and are capable of interbreeding. ... A subtropical wetland in Florida, USA, with an endangered American Crocodile. ... An estuary is a semi-enclosed coastal body of water which has a free connection with the open sea and within which sea water mixes with fresh water. ... A coastal image featured on a United States postal stamp. ... In economics, dumping can refer to any kind of predatory pricing. ... The El Chino Mine located near Silver City, New Mexico is an open-pit copper mine Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth, usually (but not always) from an ore body, vein, or (coal) seam. ... Oil is a generic term for organic liquids that are not miscible with water. ... A gas is one of the phases of matter. ...

Current NMCAs

Located at the mouth of Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada Fathom Five National Marine Park is a largely underwater national park that seeks to protect and display shipwrecks and lighthouses. ...

External links

  • National Marine Conservation Areas website



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