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Research Article

Biodiversity's Big Wet Secret: The Global Distribution of Marine Biological Records Reveals Chronic Under-Exploration of the Deep Pelagic Ocean

  • Thomas J. Webb mail,

    t.j.webb@sheffield.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

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  • Edward Vanden Berghe,

    Affiliation: Ocean Biogeographic Information System, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Ron O'Dor

    Affiliation: Census of Marine Life, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Washington, D. C., United States of America

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  • Published: August 02, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010223
  • Published in PLOS ONE

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Hits the nail on the head

Posted by Magnus on 18 Aug 2010 at 16:09 GMT

Webb et al point out a worrying absence of study of the pelagic realm that goes beyond just studies of biodiversity. Apart from krill I would argue that there is a gaping hole in our understanding of the way in which the ecologi of our planetary buffer functions.

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