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Great Smokies Species Census Under Way

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Science  11 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5421, pp. 1747-1748
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5421.1747a

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Last month, taxonomists kicked off the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles the border of Tennessee and North Carolina and is one of the most species-rich temperate areas in the world. Led by the National Park Service and a nonprofit called Discover Life in America, the ambitious project, now in a 2-year pilot phase to hash out methods, is inviting scientists to tally every species that calls the park home. The project aims to shed light on why some regions have a richer array of life-forms than others and how quickly species are going extinct.

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