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Hundreds of scientists and institutions from more than 70 countries are contributing to the Census of Marine Life (CoML), the first comprehensive portrait of life in the world's oceans -- past, present, and future. Through this ten-year program (2000 through 2010), Census researchers pool their skills and tools to assess the diversity, distribution, and abundance of ocean life over time. Census researchers organize their work according to the kinds of life and different regions of the oceans. Census researchers must use the best technology available as they study everything from large ocean predators to the tiniest microbes in ocean realms ranging from shallow coastal waters to the deepest darkest seas.

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