The earth's oceans contain more than three-hundred million cubic miles of water. Scientists estimate only about 5 percent of those waters and 1 percent of the seafloor have been explored.
This weekend, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach are hosting the first forum to shape a national ocean exploration program.
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To tell us more is the event's keynote speaker, Dave Gallo, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.