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,

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

  • Edward Vanden Berghe,

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

  • Ron O'Dor

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

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

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2013 UPDATE to fig 2

Posted by tomwebb on 16 May 2013 at 08:25 GMT

I've created an updated version of fig 2, using 2013 OBIS data (now 19M records, 2.5x more than in our original paper here) and posted it over on Mola mola, my SciLogs blog: The major patterns remain the same, and most of these new records have been in previously well-studied zones; the deep pelagic remains significantly under-sampled.

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