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Comment: 25:47 - 26:30 (00:43)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 4. The Sea Floor
Keywords: origin, resource, climate, environment, "Greenhouse Effect", "sea level", "James Sadd"

Our transcription: On the other hand, we're compelled by the economic, political, and environmental realities brought on by our industrial global civilization, and it's here that our scientific curiousity converges with more immediate human needs.
For example, understanding the geologic origin of oil and gas and metal ores improves our ability to find and develop these resources in marine environments.
This ability is increasingly important as our continental supplies are depleted.
The sea floor also plays a vital function in determining global climate.
In understanding its function helps us to better address such environmental problems as the Greenhouse Effect, changing global climate, and rising sea level.

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