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The Census of Marine Life was a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations engaged in a 10-year scientific initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans.  The world's first comprehensive census of the past, present, and future of life in the oceans was released in October 2010.


The Census on Google Earth

Waterdrop IconsEvery 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. Google Earth MenuA 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! These journeys are but a few of the hundreds of possibilities for learning more about marine life available on the Census of Marine Life layer in Ocean in Google Earth.

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For Census Scientists: Contributing to Google Earth

With the release of Google Earth 5.0 in February 2009, the Census of Marine Life has a presence in Google's 3-D modeling project. The new release upgrades many aspects of how the oceans are displayed.  Google Earth 5.0 makes it possible to go below sea level and explore global bathymetry, but we're most excited about the inclusion of Census of Marine Life content. Click here to contribute to Google Earth.

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