- How many marine species are you familiar with?
- Do you think it’s important to protect our oceans? Why or why not?
- conservation /kon-ser-VEY-shuhn/
- harm /hahrm/
- potential /puh-TEN-shuhl/
- estimate /ES-tuh-meyt/
- release /ri-LEES/
[noun] – the protection of plants and animals, natural areas, and interesting and important structures and buildings, especially from the damaging effects of human activity
The conservation of forests and other natural areas helps mitigate the effects of climate change.
[noun] – physical or other injury or damage
The harm caused by the wildfire was devastating to the local community.
[adjective] – possible when the necessary conditions exist
The athlete has been identified as a potential contender for the upcoming competition.
[verb] – to guess or calculate the cost, size, value, etc. of something
The researchers estimated the cost of the project to be around $1 million.
[verb] – to allow a substance to flow out from somewhere
The oil spill caused thousands of gallons of crude oil to be released into the ocean.
The Ocean Census uses new technologies, such as underwater laser scanning, to study gelatinous creatures like jellyfish in their natural habitat. Scientists can now more easily study sea creatures in their natural environment and accurately describe new species post-discovery. The project will use easy methods to collect DNA from water to find and follow different species. All living things release their DNA into the environment, including humans. The project will use this to identify and track new species. Overall, the Ocean Census is expected to help us learn a lot more about the oceans and the creatures that live in them.
- What is the ultimate goal of the Ocean Census project?
- What technologies are being used to aid in the discovery of new species?
- How many ocean species have been described by scientists so far?
- How will the Ocean Census use DNA to identify and track new species?
- What impact is the Ocean Census expected to have on our knowledge of the oceans and their inhabitants?
- How do you feel about the people and organizations from all around the world working together to protect marine life?
- If you were given the opportunity, would you join the Ocean Census and help them achieve their goals? Why or why not?
- Do you think the Ocean Census’ mission is significant?
- How does waterborne DNA sampling help to detect and track new species in the ocean?
- What are some potential implications of the Ocean Census project for our understanding and protection of the deep-sea ecosystem?