Census of Marine Life
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Every week the latest Census discoveries are added to Google Earth, the 3-D geographic explorer from Google. Census waterdrop icons mark the location where researchers have been exploring. Google Earth lets you share the excitement of Census of Marine Life explorations as scientists uncover the mysteries of what lives below the surface of the global ocean. A world of marine discoveries including 50 different kinds of Arctic jellies, a colossal sea star, and Antarctica’s biggest-ever amphipod and other interesting, rare, and new marine species can be found. Or one can follow along on scientific explorations to the coldest, saltiest water on the planet or to a new ocean environment created by an ice shelf break the size of Jamaica or to the hottest hydrothermal vent ever discovered—hot enough to melt lead!
Final news from ChEss: A fourth new vent site discovered during the ChEsSo programme in the Antarctic! In Jan/Feb 2011, Professor Paul Tyler led the ChEsSo team as they discovered beautiful slender chimneys on the side of Adventure crater. Census of Marine Life Grand Finale Event London, UK. 4-6 October 2010.
BIG cruise : Follow the exploration of the Guyamas basin off Mexico, discover chimiosynthetic ecosystems and their astonishing fauna on Ifremer website (in french and spanish). Taxonomy made easy : an interactive key to the identification of squat lobsters families and genera is now available ( Intkey software needed)... more . Seabed biodiversity in oxygen minimum zones: Some regions of the deep ocean floor support abundant populations of organisms, despite being overlain by water that contains very little oxygen But global warming is likely to exacerbate oxygen depletion and thereby reduce biodiversity in these regions, they warn. More on the National Oceanography Centre website.