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USS Monitor: Heavy Metal on the High Seas

Tane Casserley, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary in Newport News, VA Situated 16 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary protects the shipwreck of the famed Civil War ironclad, USS Monitor. Over the last 45 years, NOAA has been honoring the men of USS Monitor, its legacy with…

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Giant Seabass, Kings of the Kelp Forest

Ryan Freedman, NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in Santa Barbara, CA Giant Seabass are a species of large fish that live in the cool waters off the coast of California. Thanks to government protections in California, this top predator of the kelp forest is beginning to return to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary…

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Winged Ambassadors: Ocean Travelers

Jennifer Stock, NOAA’s Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Olema, CA Seabirds that live their entire lives at sea (except for one very special time of the year!) have tremendous stories to tell about the health and ecology of the global ocean. What makes a seabird a seabird? How do we know where they live…

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Helping Big Ships Bring Goods into Port So You Can Have What You Need

Kyle Ward and Louis Licate, NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey in Charleston, SC and Miami, FL Scientists, engineers, and mariners use NOAA’s products and services to slide underneath bridges, navigate tight turns, and dock alongside ports so that everything from groceries to games are available in stores for you to use. Come learn about how…

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Dive In and Explore Coral Reef Ecosystems

Dana Wusinich-Mendez, NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program in West Palm Beach, FL Coral reefs are the rainforests of the ocean. They are beautiful, diverse, and extremely important for healthy ocean ecosystems and strong communities. Learn all about coral reef ecosystems, why they matter, and what you can do to help them. (Grades 2-6 but all…

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The Job of a NOAA Oil Spill Response Scientist

Gary Shigenaka and Charlie Henry, both of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration in Seattle, WA and Mobile, AL NOAA scientists respond to more than 150 oil spills every year. It is their job to provide the best available science that guides emergency response decision making. April 2020 marked the 10 year anniversary of the…

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Alaska Week: Uncovering the Seafloor – Charting Alaska’s Waters

Lieutenant (junior grade) Michelle Levano and Pete Holmberg, both from NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey in Seattle, WA How do we collect information on ocean depths, and how does that information get on paper? It’s important for us to measure water depths and features to keep ships safe and help them navigate and sometimes we…

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Alaska Week: Talking Trash

Peter Murphy, NOAA’s Marine Debris Program Alaska Regional Coordinator in Seattle, WA When you think of Alaska, you may think of bears, snow-capped peaks, and stunning glaciers (or just “home”). You can find all of that in Alaska, but also a whole lot of marine debris from all over the world. The same things that…

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