Discover amazing extracts from the World Ocean Census book

4 December 2009

The Cousteau Society presents extracts from the remarkable book World Ocean Census: A Global Survey of Marine Life, which is  an insider's description of the comprehensive Census of Marine Life and what it reveals about a seriously threatened ecosystem.

The Census of Marine Life was launched in 2000 with the goal of producing the first-ever ocean census by 2010. Two thousand scientists from 82 nations agreed to the mandate to answer three important questions:

* What once lived in the global ocean?
* What is living there now?
* What will live there in the future?

Discover the adventures and experiences of the Census of Marine Life and the process of gathering the data, revealing the stories behind the science.

 

 

WHAT LIVED IN THE OCEANS?

 

 

EXTRACT 1: THE KNOWN, THE UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWABLE - THE LIGHT ZONE AND THE DARK ZONE >>

 

EXTRACT 2: THE KNOWN, THE UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWABLE - THE GREAT UNKNOWN

 

EXTRACT 3: THE KNOWN, THE UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWABLE - ICE OCEANS

 

EXTRACT 4 : PAINTING A PICTURE OF THE PAST - WHALING LOGS, MENUS AND OTHER RECORDS

 

EXTRACT 5 : PAINTING A PICTURE OF THE PAST - IN QUEST OF A ZERO-YEAR BASELINE

 

EXTRACT 6 : PAINTING A PICTURE OF THE PAST - UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF THE DISAPPEARING TUNA

 

WHAT LIVES IN THE OCEANS?

 

EXTRACT 7 : EXPANDING THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY - REACHING THE RESEARCH SITE

 

EXTRACT 8 : EXPANDING THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY - USING SOUND TO "SEE" UNDERWATER

 

EXTRACT 9 : EXPANDING THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY - COLLECTING SPECIMEN

 

EXTRACT 10 : EXPANDING THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY - CENSUS DATA AVAILABLE TO THE WORLD

 

EXTRACT 11: ANIMAL AS SEA OBSERVERS - BLUE FIN TUNA: SEAFOOD, SATELLITE TAGS AND CENSUS

 

EXTRACT 12 : DISAPPEARING ICE OCEANS

 

EXTRACT 13 : POLAR OPPOSITES: DIFFERENCES IN THE ICE OCEANS

 

Extract 14 : UNEXPECTED DIVERSITY AT THE EDGE OF THE SEA - CORAL REEFS IN THE NORTHWEST HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

 

EXTRACT 15 : UNEXPECTED DIVERSITY AT THE EDGE OF THE SEA - A NEW HABITAT FOR ALASKA

 

EXTRACT 16 : UNEXPLORED ECOSYSTEMS - HYDROTHERMAL VENTS

 

EXTRACT 17: UNEXPLORED ECOSYSTEMS - LIFE IN A COLD SEEP ENVIRONMENT

 

EXTRACT 18: UNEXPLORED ECOSYSTEMS - SEAMOUNTS

 

EXTRACT 19: UNEXPLORED ECOSYSTEMS - ABYSSAL PLAINS

 

EXTRACT 20 : UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY OF THE NEW LIFE-FORMS - THE NAME GAME

 

EXTRACT 21 : UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY OF THE NEW LIFE-FORMS - IDENTIFYING THE DRIFTERS

 

EXTRACT 22: UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY OF THE NEW LIFE-FORMS - EYES AND EARS IN THE DEEP

 

EXTRACT 23: UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY OF THE NEW LIFE-FORMS - VISUALIZING THE INVISIBLE

 

WHAT WILL LIVE IN THE OCEANS?

 

EXTRACT 24: FORECASTING THE FUTURE - THE DEMISE OF THE GREAT SHARKS