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This day in history: Vanuatu joins the U.N.

This day in history, in 1981, the island nation of Vanuatu joined the United Nations. In honor of this, I've created the above graphic, using both our MapViewer 8 thematic mapping software and our Grapher 11 graphing software to show when each country joined the United Nations, and how the organization grew over time. Congratulations Vanuatu!

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World Oceans Day 2015

Tuesday, June 8, was the 7th annual World Oceans Day since its official recognition by the United Nations in December of 2008. The yearly observance is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of the world's oceans and their products, celebrating the natural beauty of the oceans, and inspiring others to take action on behalf of the seas.

To celebrate World Oceans Day 2015, Google updated their Oceans Street View collection with stunning underwater images of oceans around the world. Images were collected by the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, a project for scientists and the public to document the health of coral reefs. The images, collected since 2012, will be used as a baseline to monitor the reefs' health over time. Over 100,000 GPS-located images have already been collected by the SVII camera. Additionally, the images are being analyzed, and the data is available in the XL Catlin Global Reef Record.

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