Two scuba divers explore the ocean floor and study a juvenile humphead parrotfish off the coast of Sipadan, Borneo. The waters around Sipadan Island are part of a marine sanctuary where oceanographers as well as divers can study delicate coral reef ecosystems.

Photograph by Karen Schofield, MyShot
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A marine protected area (MPA) is a section of the ocean where a government has placed limits on human activity. Many MPAs allow people to use the area in ways that do not damage the environment.

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encyclopedic entry. Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments