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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.


Global Administrative Areas

Global country and administrative boundaries

 Global Administrative Areas (version 0.9)

GADM is a database of the location of the world's administrative areas (boundaries).  Administrative areas in this database are countries and lower level subdivisions such as provinces, departments, bibhag, bundeslander, daerah istimewa, fivondronana, krong, landsvæðun, opština, sous-préfecture, counties, and thana.  GADM describes where these administrative areas are (the "spatial features"), and for each area it provides some attributes, foremost being the name and in some cases variant names.



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Download a zipped shapefile-set and view in ArcGIS

                Unzip the file and the contained shapefile-set can be opened with ArcGIS as is.  Note that the unzipped shapefile is quite large (~2 GB).  For a smaller file at a lower resolution see


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