Only thirteen per cent of ocean remains untouched

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Attols like this one in the Coral Sea are some of the last remaining marine wilderness areas on Earth. Image: Richard Rocherieux

Only 13 per cent of the ocean still exists as undisturbed wilderness according to new research by the University of Queensland.

Researchers scanned the seas for interference by humans across a range of areas including fishing, shipping, land-based run-off and mining.

The majority of these pristine sites are located far from human populations.

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