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Obama's plan expands Pacific marine preserve

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The proposal will expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the central Pacific. (Source: CNN) The proposal will expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the central Pacific. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - President Obama announced a plan to create the world's largest marine preserve in the Pacific Ocean.

The president unveiled the plan Tuesday in a video message at the State Department's Our Ocean conference.

The proposal will expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the central Pacific.

The area contains some of the world's most pristine tropical marine environments.

Former President George W. Bush created the 87,000 square mile preserve in 2009. President Obama is expanding it to more than 780,000 square miles.

The president compared the action to the protections currently afforded to U.S. mountains, rivers and forests.

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