Most of the pollution dumped into the ocean comes from human activities on land. An example would be a volcanic eruption which can produce immense quantities of carbon dioxide, methane, sulfur compounds, and oxides of nitrogen.
The islands of Hawaii are a relatively isolated ecosystem.
If left undisturbed, natural environmental systems tend to achieve balance or stability among the various species of plants and animals.
When these fuels burn they introduce smoke and other, less visible, by-products into the atmosphere.
Pollution People have long used the sea as a dump for our wastes.
It is easily destroyed by drought, insects, disease, or overuse.
A forest may remain relatively unchanged by weather that would destroy a nearby field of corn, because the forest is characterized by greater diversity of plants and animals. Population Growth and Environmental Abuse The reduction of the Earth's resources has been closely linked to the rise in human population.
The problems of overcrowding multiply as an ever-increasing number of people are added to the world's population each year.
Air Pollution Factories and transportation depend on huge amounts of fuel--billions of tons of coal and oil are consumed around the world every year.