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Planet Earth

36,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerJune 24, 2010 8:18 PM

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36,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 is a big number. But that's actually the number of microbes in the ocean. How on Earth do you comprehend that monstrous menagerie? In my new Meet the Scientist podcast, I talk to pioneering microbiologist Mitch Sogin about a major new project to census the sea's microbial diversity. Check it out.

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