I remember being a little girl and going to the Monterey bay aquarium with my family. I was awestruck by all the beautiful water creatures. My favorite part was the touch pools, knowing that I was touching real living starfish and sea cucumbers had always just amazed me. They aroused my curiosity: How can they live underwater and we can’t? What do they eat? Can they see or hear? I am very excited to be applying to MAOS program which will answer a lot of my questions about the ocean and its creatures.
MAOS would give me the opportunity to understand why not only the ocean is beautiful but it also plays an important part in our eco-system. Earth is the only planet we know of that contains water and the only one we know of that has life, so I wondered if there is any relation between the two. I learned from a video I watched in science class a lot of scientists believed that life on earth started in the oceanic crust and that actually the human species, going back to dinosaurs and reptiles evolved from fish. Studying the ocean have helped scientists learn more about the origin of life and I hope that a program such as MAOS will help me understand more about this topic. I want to also understand how ocean helps keeps our weather cool when it is too hot and warm when it is too cold
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