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Friday, October 22, 2010

Just for fun: Census of marine life

An international team of 2700 scientists from over 80 nations has spent the past ten years surveying the oceans in a massive ‘Census of Marine Life’. Over the course of 540 expeditions, the researchers have catalogued and counted everything from whales to plankton, discovering thousands of new species along the way. In addition to identifying types of organisms, this first ever marine census is yielding valuable information about species distribution and abundance, as well as about the diversity of different marine environments.

You can see images from the survey here.

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