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I grew up inland, far from the sea, but always kept with me a shell, a reminder of blissful vacations spent at the beach. Each time I held it to my ear, I thought I heard the rush of surf hitting the shore. It is a fantasy shared by every child, and many adults, but it is also the truth. In the voice of seashells, in the echo of blood rushing through our veins, the sea is singing.

It turns out that the sea is singing everywhere, not just in the song of seashells. I found it in the woods near where I used to work when I was in high school, and then again, years later, in the Rocky Mountains where my family went hiking. You can find it in the busiest cities and in the quiet countryside, in industrial machinery and in exquisite sculpture.

Though we live on dry land, our lives and livelihood depend on the ocean. This collective map begins to document how. Eventually, I imagine this map, and maps from all over the world, will be covered with sea turtles, each indicating a place where the sea is present. Today, the health of the ocean is threatened – by global warming, by overfishing, by pollution from the land. To understand why we must take stronger, bolder steps to protect it, it may help to see the myriad and essential ways the sea is always with us.

Enter The Sea Around You

People Who Produced & Maintain The Sea Around You

Deborah Cramer is the author of Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World, the companion to the new Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History, the country’s most heavily visited museum. She lives by the edge of the sea, is a visiting scholar at the Earth Systems Initiative at MIT, and speaks frequently to educators, the public about the meaning of the sea in our lives. More information about her and her work can be found at: deborahcramer.com

Matthew Belanger is a New York City and Berkshire County based new media artist, developer, and consultant. His works include digital photography and video, net art, as well as interactive installations. His blog can be found at: fatbits.net and his portfolio is located at: matthewbelanger.net

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