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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

About the Authors

Thomas J. Webb
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Edward Vanden Berghe
Ocean Biogeographic Information System, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America
Ron O'Dor
Census of Marine Life, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Washington, D. C., United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: t.j.webb@sheffield.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: TW EVB RO. Performed the experiments: TW EVB. Analyzed the data: TW EVB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: TW EVB. Wrote the paper: TW EVB RO.