Posted by: purplepaula1 | April 19, 2010

Census of Marine Life (CoML)

The Census of Marine Life (CoML) is a ten year project which is due to publish its findings in October this year. However, one of the highlights is the discovery of a ‘microbial mat’ which covers an area the size of Greece.

Micro-organisms are vital for sustaining life on earth – and are responsible for about 95% of respiration in the oceans.

Information collected will be listed on a open-access database called the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (Obis).

For the full BBC News story click here.

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