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Marine Researchers Hope to Sail Off Into the Unknown

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Science  24 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5572, pp. 1386-1387
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5572.1386

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PARIS-- A panel assembled by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences invited nearly 100 researchers and legal experts from 20 nations to discuss a proposed global ocean exploration initiative that would send marine scientists to places where they have never been before on a search for new knowledge, not simply to test specific hypotheses. That open-ended approach would be something of a break from current practice. But participants didn't agree on key details such as how much a global exploration effort might cost, who would participate, and who would set priorities.