Our Planet Reviewed: 200 Researchers Will Explore Papua New Guinea from October 2012
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Our Planet Reviewed: 200 Researchers Will Explore Papua New Guinea from October 2012 PR Newswire PARIS, October 1, 2012 PARIS, October 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Experience the expedition at http://www.ourplanetreviewed.

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Our Planet Reviewed: 200 Researchers Will Explore Papua New Guinea from October 2012
PR Newswire PARIS, October 1, 2012
PARIS,October 1, 2012/PRNewswire/ --Experience the expedition athttp://www.ourplanetreviewed.org How many species live on Earth? The answer to this question probably resides in the study of biodiversity hotspots. Six years after the Santo expedition in Vanuatu, and 2 years after theMozambique-Madagascarexpedition, scientists are once again embarking on a voyage of discovery to learn about our planet's biodiversity. Led byFrance'sNational Museum of Natural History, Pro-Natura International and the French Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), the expedition team will spend 3 months exploringPapua New Guinea, beginning inOctober 2012. From the Bismarck Sea to the slopes of Mount Wilhelm, thePapua New Guinea expedition will see off nearly 200 researchers, students and volunteers. Land expedition: the objective is to gather new data on plant and animal species distribution in the Mount Wilhelm's forests, from sea level to the tree line (altitude of about 4,000 metres). Marine expedition: the objective is to document the specific composition of some of the planet's richest marine ecosystems, from coast to deep waters (depths of 1200 metres), using a wide array of qualitative and quantitative methods. Artificial reefs will be sunk during the 2012 expedition, and later collected inDecember 2013. Experience the expedition The National Museum of Natural History has launched a website dedicated to the expedition program. The bilingual website (French / English) will give readers an opportunity to go behind the scenes of the 2012-2013Papua New Guineaexpedition and follow scientists' daily activities through photos, news and interviews… http://www.laplaneterevisitee.org - http://www.ourplanetreviewed.org The 2012-2013Papua New Guineaexpedition is organized jointly by the National Museum of Natural History (Paris, France), Pro-Natura International and the French Institut de recherche pour le développement, in partnership with the University ofPapua New Guinea, the Binatang Research Center and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and financed by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Total Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the EDF Foundation, Entrepose Contracting, the French Pacific Fund and the government ofNew Caledonia.