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So Much Is At the Coast

"Over half (54%) of the U.S. population lives on the 10% of land area defined as coastal. Between one-third and one-half of U.S. jobs are located in coastal areas. About one-third of the nation's Gross National Product is produced there through fishing, transportation, recreation and other industries dependent on healthy coastal ecosystems for growth and development." (Excerpt from the Natonal Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration web page at

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