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OCEAN FACT
What is a Marine Protected Area?

Marine protected areas span a range of habitats, including the open ocean, coastal areas, inter-tidal zones, estuaries, and the Great Lakes.

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AUDIO PODCAST
GPS on Bench Marks

We need your help! In this episode, we explore a unique volunteer opportunity with Christine Gallagher from NOAA's National Geodetic Survey.

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Discover NOAA's Sanctuaries and Reserves

Interested in visiting a NOAA national marine sanctuary or national estuarine research reserve? Find a spot to visit with our map.

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MAY 4-8, 2015
COME VISIT US

Next week, we are celebrating NOAA-managed coastal and marine places around the world. Join us on our website and social media and ... come visit us!

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About NOS

We translate science, tools, and services into action to address threats to coastal areas such as climate change, population growth, port congestion, and contaminants in the environment—all working towards healthy coasts and healthy economies.

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Glacially Slow

One of the larger causes of ground movement in the U.S. today is due to glaciers from the last ice age! It's called glacial isostatic adjustment—the ongoing movement of land once burdened by ice-age glaciers.

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Crowdsourcing

Public participation in scientific research is a growing trend in our increasingly "crowdsourced" world. See how you can help scientists answer real-world questions.

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