Six Reasons Why Coasts Are Important

11/04/2012 § 1 Comment

#1 transport

This panoramic shot was taken recently in Cijin, Taiwan on April 01, 2012. The panoramic represents the relationship between coasts and transportation. In the distance, you can see a large city, perhaps a main city of Taiwan, close by, not even an hour boat’s ride from this coast. It can be inferred that the city’s location on the coast as well as the island’s location nearby makes transport convenient. Transporting to and from the island or the city is easy because they are both on the coast. Transportation is vital because humans can’t get anything done without moving things and moving themselves.

 

#2 settlements

This photograph was taken in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on September 2009. It represents settlements in coasts which can be seen not in the tall skyscrapers along the coastline, but the little apartment buildings next to those skyscrapers. Settlements are communities that have gathered on the coastline and have utilized is as an area of residence. While settlements in coasts can be expensive and spatially limited, many people still live there due to its attractiveness, importance (like Rokko Island) and residential and commercial properties.

#3 tourism/recreation

This photo was taken in Pups Seal Rocks on one seemingly grey January. Tourism and recreation in coasts is represented in this picture. This coast in Australia serves as a tourism spot as well as a natural habitat for these seals. Coasts are important to tourism because tourism is important to a country. A tropical country surrounded by water for example would use its coasts to attract tourists. Using coasts as tour spots provides a huge boost for the country’s economy and makes the most of the natural resources that a coast can provide.

 

#4 resource extraction

The image above was taken on December 22, 2011, in Russia. We see here an oil rig extracting oil from a coast of Russia. The image represents coastal resource extraction, which is taking things out of the natural environment, in this case, a coast. Resource extraction in a coast can mean a lot of different things such as seafood, water (although it’s expensive to get fresh water from sea water), oil, pearls, and other materials. Resource extraction from coastlines, though sometimes environmentally hazardous and risky for the coast, provides humans with stuff. All this stuff is used for the things we need and do on a daily basis, e.g. the many uses of oil.

 

#5 wildlife habitats

The photo above was taken by Jim Patterson in Carmel California on April 22, 2007. We can see an otter. This otter lives on this coast in California. The coast serves as a habitat and home for this otter. Otters are adorable and people love otters. Coasts serving as wildlife habitats for creatures such as the otter is vital to the planet because of animal and wildlife conservation. For animals like the otter looking at you right now, the coast has already made a huge impact on its life – the coast serves as its home and without it, it would have a difficult time surviving and finding a new place in which to live.

 

#6 industry

There was no information provided to give information about this picture except that it is a chemical factory on the coast of a pond. From this, we can infer that the factory probably uses some of the resources in the pond for the chemical products it manufactures. Having industrial factories on coasts is convenient for the factory because maybe all their resources are concentrated in one location. Similarly, transport of the goods a factory produces is far more convenient on a coast rather than in the middle of land.

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