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A DECADE OF DISCOVERY 2,700 scientists 80+ nations 540 expeditions US$ 650 million 2,600+ scientific publications 6,000+ potential new species 28 million distribution records and counting
These numbers only begin to describe the scope of the Census of Marine Life, a 10-year international effort undertaken in to assess the diversity (how many different kinds), distribution (where they live), and abundance (how many) of marine life—a task never before attempted on this scale. The Census stimulated the discipline of marine science by tackling these issues globally, and engaging some 2,700 scientists from around the globe, who participated in 540 expeditions and countless hours of land-based research. The scientific results were reported on October 4, 2010.