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World Ocean Census: A Global Survey of Marine Life

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"-- From the foreword by Sylvia Earle" An insider's description of the comprehensive Census of Marine Life and what it reveals about a seriously threatened ecosystem.

The Census of Marine Life was launched in 2000 with the goal of producing the first-ever ocean census by 2010. Two thousand scientists from 82 nations agreed to the mandate to answer three important questions:
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 17th 2009 by Firefly Books
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Rachel
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great snapshot of how scientists learn about our oceans and how they are working to collect more information, including a more complete survey of exactly what organisms are out there. It is written in a style that allows any non-science person to understand. This is a good read if you're interested in how the ocean works and how the vast immensity of it leads to so many different ecosystems with so many different marine organisms. It discusses the importance of understanding the ...more
Meghan
Jul 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Full of gorgeous photography, this book details the 2000-2010 project of answering these three questions: "What once lived in the global ocean? What is living in the ocean now? What will live in the ocean in the future?"

It was so intriguing to learn more about the thousands of crazy species that live in the some of the most forbidding places on earth. I took a class on oceanography in college and don't even remember learning about cold seeps (areas where hydrocarbons seep from sediments in the
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Caroline
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book is NOT a comprehensive look at the gorgeous creatures of the ocean. Instead, it is the tale of some researchers and their equipment as they put transmitters on seals, turtles and less cute creatures to create a census and get a lot of really cool data. I love that people do that. And that they use the data. And I want to support them. But I am in it for the critters, and there was way too little of them to make this giant book worthwhile.

But in the back, they do describe jellyfish as
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