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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.


Large Marine Ecosystems

Large Marine Ecosystems (LME)

Large Marine Ecosystems

Large Marine Ecosystems are regions of ocean space encompassing coastal areas from river basins and estuaries to the seaward boundaries of continental shelves and the outer margins of the major current systems. They are relatively large regions on the order of 200,000 km2 or greater, characterized by distinct: (1) bathymetry, (2) hydrography, (3) productivity, and (4) trophically dependent populations.




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Download a zipped shapefile-set and view in ArcGIS

                No conversion required.  Unzip the file and the contained shapefile-set (lme2006) can be opened with ArcGIS. 
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