Encyclopedia of Life launches!

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E.O. Wilson made this TED Prize wish in 2007: Help me build the key tool that we need to inspire preservation of Earth’s biodiversity: the Encyclopedia of Life. Today, the Encyclopedia of Life website has launched, with the first 30,000 pages, each one describing a single species, with descriptions and photos contributed by scientists and naturalists and people around the globe. Within a decade, it’ll have more than 1.5 million pages, each for a single species.

The New York Times has a great story giving more background on this wish >>

(Please note — the site is going to be very busy tonight!)