Extinction on the High Seas

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Science  25 Jul 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5325, pp. 486-488
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5325.486

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Biologist have long assumed that the oceans are just too vast--and their inhabitants too prolific and widespread--for humans to threaten many marine species with extinction. But the conventional wisdom about ocean extinctions is, itself, now under threat. A small but growing number of scientists say that widespread extinctions could soon take place.