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Favorite thing: At the Lisbon Oceanarium, one can explore the concept of the oneness of our planet?s seas and oceans. This approach reflects the importance of striving for a global and comprehensive understanding of the ocean, and indeed of the world itself. We must have an overview of these integrated systems and resources. That is why the Oceanarium recreates 5 representative habitats. An enormous central tank, square-shaped and holding nearly 5,000,000 liters of saltwater, presents the Global Ocean. Four coastal habitat tanks recreate, respectively, the North Atlantic, covering a zone ranging from Iceland to the Azores; an Antarctic coastline of the frigid Falklands and South Georgia Islands; a Temperate Pacific coast, with the rocky shore typical of Monterey Bay, California, with its forests of giant kelp; and finally the Tropical Indian, and a Seychelles Islands coral fringe. A visit to the Oceanarium is a split-level affair: visitors get to explore both above and below the water line. It is an experience which awakens the senses, as each habitat?s biological (both flora and fauna), geological and even climatic characteristics are recreated with startling fidelity. Artificial rock and coral formations are used to simulate actual conditions both on land and beneath the ocean?s surface. The displays realistic look is enhanced by the use of both natural and artificial plant life, including algae, moss, roots, tree trunks and a host of other plants and foliage. On the sub-aquatic level, the visitor can study the nearly thirty smaller tanks which highlight details of the main tanks? habitats. A recorded sound track reproduces the authentic sounds of the various environments, to enhance the visitor?s overall experience.
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