Australia’s oceans are some of the richest and most diverse on our blue planet. Our northern oceans are some of the last remaining healthy tropical seas in the world, and our southern oceans contain an incredible 80% of marine species that occur nowhere else on Earth.
With our oceans under threat from climate change, overfishing, inappropriate development and pollution, it’s more important than ever that we show the world how incredible – and fragile – our seas are.
To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Australian Marine Conservation Society has launched the AMCS Amazing Oceans Photographer of the Year competition! It’s free to enter, and there are some great prizes up for grabs. Entries close 27 September. Click on the link below for the full Terms and Conditions of entry.
This week’s Website of the Week is the Tree of Life Project. This is a truly mind expanding collection of information, images, videos and much more dedicated to, well… life itself. Explore this amazing repository of knowledge about living things and the world they inhabit. It is organized along scientific principles of classification from the smallest micro-organisms to huge mammals and everything in between. The site shows in great detail the interactions and interrelations between species and how incredibly complex Earth’s ecosystems really are.
TOL’s own ‘About’ page describes the project:
“The Tree of Life Web Project is a collection of information about biodiversity compiled collaboratively by hundreds of expert and amateur contributors. Its goal is to contain a page with pictures, text, and other information for every species and for each group of organisms, living or extinct. Connections between Tree of Life web pages follow phylogenetic branching patterns between groups of organisms, so visitors can browse the hierarchy of life and learn about phylogeny and evolution as well as the characteristics of individual groups.