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Smithsonian Ocean Portal

Smithsonian Ocean Portal

http://ocean.si.edu/

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GEO - Group on Earth Observations Global geospatial community to convene in Geneva on May 5-9 Geospatial Media and Communications, in partnership with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and SwissTopo, will host the Geospatial World Forum on 5-9 May 2014 in Geneva. The conference will convene representatives of the geospatial commercial sector and government/policy end users. A program titled, "Geospatial Industry Forging Ties with GEOSS" will be held on Monday, 5 May, and the GEO Appathon 2014 will kick off on Wednesday, 7 May.

Seawater Seawater or salt water is water from a sea or ocean. On average, seawater in the world's oceans has a salinity of about 3.5% (35 g/L, or 599 mM). This means that every kilogram (roughly one litre by volume) of seawater has approximately 35 grams (1.2 oz) of dissolved salts (predominantly sodium (Na+) and chloride (Cl−) ions). What is an Animal? Photo credit: David Bygott, Giraffa camelopardalis. CC BY-NC-SA It is estimated that around 9 or 10 million species of animals inhabit the earth; the exact number is not known and all estimates are rough. Animals range in size from no more than a few cells to organisms weighing many tons, such as the giant squid. By far most species of animals are insects, with groups such as mollusks, crustaceans, and nematodes also being especially diverse. By this measure our own group, the vertebrates, is relatively inconsequential from a diversity perspective.

The USGS Water Science School: All about water! USGS Home Contact USGS Search USGS The USGS Water Science School The USGS Water Science School Smithsonian- Animal Index About 1,800 animals from about 300 different species currently comprise the animal collection at the National Zoo and the Zoo's Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), which is headquartered in Front Royal, Virginia. About one-fifth of the species are endangered or threatened. Most species are on exhibit at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. A few are found only at the SCBI headquarters, which is not open to the public. Microbial Life - Educational Resources Teaching and learning about the diversity, ecology and evolution of the microbial world; discover the connections between microbial life, the history of the earth and our dependence on micro-organisms. The expansive Sunset Lake of the Black Sand Basin is one of the largest thermal bodies of water in Yellowstone National Park. Details This site contains a variety of educational and supporting materials for students and teachers of microbiology.

Sea The sea, the world ocean, or simply the ocean, is the connected body of salty water that covers over 70 percent of the Earth's surface. It moderates the Earth's climate and has important roles in the water cycle, carbon cycle, and nitrogen cycle. Although the sea has been travelled and explored since ancient times, the scientific study of the sea—oceanography—dates broadly from the voyages of Captain James Cook who explored the Pacific Ocean between 1768 and 1779. In geography, "sea" is used in the names of smaller, partly landlocked sections of the ocean, for example the Irish Sea, while "ocean" is used in the names of the five largest sections, such as the Pacific Ocean.

SeaWorld Animal Bytes Each byte is a one-page fact sheet specifically designed to help you quickly find information about some of the interesting creatures found in the animal kingdom. Most species files include coverage regarding scientific classification, basic physical traits, fun facts, and conservation/ecological value. Where available, links to more in-depth species coverage via our online infobooks are provided. Can't find the answer to your animal question here? Send your question to the SeaWorld/Busch Gardens animal experts at shamu@seaworld.org.

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