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Census of Marine Life.

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 Marine Life — past, present, and future — was released in 2010 in London.

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Video: How Big Is The Ocean?

While the Earth’s oceans are known as five separate entities, there is really only one ocean. So, how big is it? As of 2013, it takes up 71% of the Earth, houses 99% of the biosphere, and contains some of Earth’s grandest geological features. Scott Gass reminds us of the influence humans have on the ocean and the influence it has on us.

 

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Giant Clams: The Ocean’s Magnum Opus.

The giant clam, Tridacna gigas, is the largest living bivalve mollusk.

T. gigas is one of the most endangered clam species.

Antonio Pigafetta documented these in his journal as early as 1521.

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Now, enjoy these stunning pictures of this amazing creature…

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