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What is


Nitrogen is a chemical element, it is essential for all life on earth. 

It is found in our bodies, our food, the soil and the ocean, and even in the air. 

In fact, 78% of the air we breathe is nitrogen.

Watch this video to learn more about nitrogen in the Maldives.  

Take a look at the infographic below to find out how nitrogen moves through our ocean and atmosphere.

The marine
nitrogen cycle

How does nitrogen enter the marine environment?

Read the infographics below to find out.

Farming and nitrogen:
A case study  

Don’t go
with the flow

What can you do to help

prevent nitrogen pollution?

Talk to your island council or write to your parliament representatives

Support farmers using organic fertilisers

Protect seagrass and mangrove habitats

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Module 7 – Nitrogen – the key to life
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