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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The sea is the connected body of salt water that covers 70 percent of the Earth's surface. The sea is important in moderating the Earth's climate, in providing food and oxygen, in its enormous diversity of life, and for navigation. The study of the sea is called oceanography. The sea has been travelled and explored since ancient times, but its scientific study dates broadly from the voyages of Captain James Cook to explore the Pacific Ocean between 1768 and 1779.

Human uses of the sea include trade, food production, leisure activities such as swimming, sailing and scuba diving, mineral extraction, and warfare. Many of these activities also create pollution. The sea is important in human culture, with major appearances in literature since Homer's Odyssey, in marine art, in cinema and theatre, and in classical music. Symbolically, the sea appears as monsters such as Scylla in mythology, and represents the collective unconscious in some forms of psychotherapy.

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