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  • New website compiles ocean data from landmark 19th-century scientific voyage

    Illustration of a sailing ship on the water amid icebergs.

    The HMS Challenger collected massive amounts of data about the world’s oceans during its 19th-century voyage and laid the foundation for the fields of oceanography and marine biology. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign English professor Gillen D’Arcy Wood led Oceans 1876, a project to create a comprehensive database of the Challenger findings.

    Courtesy Gillen D'Arcy Wood


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  • Editor’s note: To contact Gillen D’Arcy Wood, email