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Gregg J. Brunskill | Associate Editor, Oceanography, and a visiting chemical oceanographer (retired), Australian Institute of Marine Science, Alligator Creek, Queensland, Australia
This introduction launches a series of articles on mine waste disposal in the ocean. Two articles follow in this issue and more articles will be printed in coming issues.
Could we, should we, knowingly pollute the world ocean? It's easy to think that the ocean is awfully big, and maybe no one will notice. Unfortunately, it's too late to debate this ethical issue—we've already done it (Thiel, 2003; report on 2011 "State of the Ocean" workshop at http://www.stateoftheocean.org/ipso-2011-workshop-summary.cfm).
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