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  1. What is a platypus?
    22 Jan 2015
  2. What is spat?
    22 Jan 2015
  3. What is a turbidity current?
    12 Jan 2015
  4. What is geocaching?
    20 Nov 2014
  5. What is a geographic information system?
    19 Nov 2014
  6. What is the Census of Marine Life?
    12 Nov 2014
  7. What is aquaculture?
    7 Nov 2014
  8. What are Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems?
    31 Oct 2014
  9. Why does the ocean have waves?
    23 Oct 2014
  10. What is an Operational Forecast System?
    23 Oct 2014
  11. How far does sound travel in the ocean?
    29 Sep 2014
  12. Do fish sleep?
    16 Sep 2014
  13. What is blue carbon?
    4 Sep 2014
  14. What is PORTSĀ®?
    11 Aug 2014
  15. What is nuisance flooding?
    30 Jul 2014
  16. What is tectonic shift?
    18 Jul 2014
  17. What is a whale fall?
    13 Jun 2014
  18. What are the horse latitudes?
    5 Jun 2014
  19. Are horseshoe crabs really crabs?
    14 May 2014
  20. What are PBDEs?
    21 Apr 2014
  21. When Was the First Earth Day?
    19 Apr 2014
  22. What is a pelagic fish?
    26 Mar 2014
  23. What is bombogenesis?
    25 Mar 2014
  24. What do geodesists do?
    19 Mar 2014
  25. What is the International Date Line?
    10 Mar 2014
  26. What is the longest-lived marine mammal?
    5 Mar 2014
  27. What is an anchialine pool?
    31 Jan 2014
  28. What is an artificial reef?
    3 Dec 2013
  29. Are there oceans on other planets?
    19 Nov 2013
  30. What is dredging?
    4 Nov 2013
  31. What is a slough?
    23 Sep 2013
  32. Is the Earth round?
    18 Sep 2013
  33. What is a hurricane?
    19 Aug 2013
  34. Was Moby Dick a real whale?
    31 Jul 2013
  35. Why do we name tropical storms?
    16 Jul 2013
  36. Which of our holiday "dishes" are home to hungry fishes?
    12 Jul 2013
  37. What is a seiche?
    26 Jun 2013
  38. Why do mariners use port and starboard instead of left and right?
    24 Jun 2013
  39. What is a fish ladder?
    16 May 2013
  40. What is a bivalve mollusk?
    22 Apr 2013
  41. What is ocean acidification?
    1 Apr 2013
  42. What is a Plimsoll line?
    26 Feb 2013
  43. What is LIDAR?
    23 Jan 2013
  44. What is the most venomous marine animal?
    15 Jan 2013
  45. Why do we have spring tides in the fall?
    28 Nov 2012
  46. What is the difference between storm surge and storm tide?
    26 Nov 2012
  47. What is the mariner's 1-2-3 rule?
    20 Nov 2012
  48. What is the difference between a hurricane watch and a warning?
    27 Sep 2012
  49. What is the difference between an AUV and a ROV?
    17 Sep 2012
  50. What is shoreline armoring?
    24 Aug 2012
  51. What is the difference between a nautical mile and a knot?
    6 Aug 2012
  52. What is 'Old Sow'?
    16 Jul 2012
  53. Are mermaids real?
    27 Jun 2012
  54. Where is Point Nemo?
    15 Jun 2012
  55. What's the difference between a threatened and endangered species?
    18 May 2012
  56. Why are scientists concerned about Asian tiger shrimp?
    27 Apr 2012
  57. What is a perigean spring tide?
    3 Apr 2012
  58. What is sea foam?
    8 Mar 2012
  59. How big is the Atlantic Ocean?
    21 Feb 2012
  60. What is a datum?
    1 Feb 2012
  61. What is the Sargasso Sea?
    25 Jan 2012
  62. How do we forecast harmful algal blooms?
    6 Jan 2012
  63. What are Christmas tree worms?
    22 Dec 2011
  64. Does coral jewelry make a good gift?
    15 Dec 2011
  65. Will debris from the Japan tsunami reach the U.S.?
    14 Dec 2011
  66. What is the cryosphere?
    30 Nov 2011
  67. Where do I get NOAA tides and currents data?
    29 Nov 2011
  68. What is a turkeyfish?
    23 Nov 2011
  69. What is the geoid?
    17 Nov 2011
  70. What is Digital Coast?
    14 Nov 2011
  71. What is the law of the sea?
    14 Nov 2011
  72. How do I get NOAA nautical charts?
    7 Nov 2011
  73. What makes the green turtle...green?
    18 Oct 2011
  74. What is a historical map or chart?
    7 Oct 2011
  75. What is ghostfishing?
    27 Sep 2011
  76. Are sea cucumbers vegetables?
    13 Sep 2011
  77. What is the Storm QuickLook?
    7 Sep 2011
  78. What is the difference between weather and climate?
    10 Aug 2011
  79. Could a hurricane make a large oil spill worse?
    4 Aug 2011
  80. How did the Pacific Ocean get its name?
    13 Jun 2011
  81. Is there gold in the ocean?
    8 Jun 2011
  82. Are starfish really fish?
    1 Jun 2011
  83. What are jellyfish made of?
    26 May 2011
  84. Why are aquatic plants so important?
    26 May 2011
  85. What is seaweed?
    5 May 2011
  86. How can you tell the difference between an oil slick and an algal bloom?
    26 Apr 2011
  87. How did the Hawaiian Islands form?
    13 Apr 2011
  88. Do the Great Lakes have tides?
    4 Apr 2011
  89. How much of the ocean have we explored?
    1 Apr 2011
  90. What is lightering?
    21 Mar 2011
  91. What is air gap?
    28 Feb 2011
  92. What is a marine national monument?
    12 Feb 2011
  93. What is VDatum?
    3 Feb 2011
  94. What is a salt marsh?
    27 Dec 2010
  95. What is Natural Resource Damage Assessment?
    8 Dec 2010
  96. What threats do seabirds face?
    17 Nov 2010
  97. What's the difference between a seal and a sea lion?
    25 Oct 2010
  98. How does pressure change with ocean depth?
    20 Oct 2010
  99. What is NERRS?
    13 Oct 2010
  100. What ocean basin has the most corals?
    7 Oct 2010
  101. Are coral animals or plants?
    6 Oct 2010
  102. What is the EEZ?
    1 Oct 2010
  103. How do we monitor tides?
    15 Sep 2010
  104. What is a navigation response team?
    30 Aug 2010
  105. Why is the ocean salty, but rivers flowing into it are not?
    23 Aug 2010
  106. What is the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise?
    18 Aug 2010
  107. What is marine forensic science?
    10 Aug 2010
  108. What is an invasive species?
    6 Aug 2010
  109. Why does the ocean get colder at depth?
    28 Jul 2010
  110. What makes the right whale "right"?
    21 Jul 2010
  111. How long is the U.S. shoreline?
    14 Jul 2010
  112. Where is the largest estuary in the United States?
    7 Jul 2010
  113. What is an eddy?
    28 Jun 2010
  114. What is the difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon?
    22 Jun 2010
  115. What is the largest sea turtle?
    15 Jun 2010
  116. Why is data on currents important?
    9 Jun 2010
  117. What is a waterspout?
    4 Jun 2010
  118. What is the significance of the NOAA logo?
    26 May 2010
  119. What is the Loop Current?
    21 May 2010
  120. What is a seamount?
    14 May 2010
  121. Can penguins fly?
    11 May 2010
  122. How does oil impact marine life?
    4 May 2010
  123. What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?
    22 Apr 2010
  124. How is bathymetric data used?
    2 Apr 2010
  125. How do sanctuaries protect marine life?
    25 Mar 2010
  126. What is coral bleaching?
    15 Mar 2010
  127. Are dolphins fish?
    10 Mar 2010
  128. What is bathymetry?
    2 Mar 2010
  129. Why do we study PCBs if they were banned in 1979?
    16 Feb 2010
  130. What is bioluminescence?
    12 Feb 2010
  131. What's the difference between storm surge and a tidal wave?
    8 Feb 2010
  132. Do alligators live in the ocean?
    1 Feb 2010
  133. Is sea level the same all across the ocean?
    21 Jan 2010
  134. How is ocean observing data used?
    19 Jan 2010
  135. What is the Bermuda Triangle?
    8 Jan 2010
  136. What is the National Spatial Reference System?
    4 Jan 2010
  137. Where is all of the Earth's water?
    15 Dec 2009
  138. What is federal consistency?
    11 Dec 2009
  139. What is the smallest ocean?
    30 Nov 2009
  140. Do whales make noise?
    23 Nov 2009
  141. What are the three main types of coral reefs?
    20 Nov 2009
  142. Where is the largest protected area in the National Marine Sanctuary system?
    19 Nov 2009
  143. What lives in a kelp forest?
    10 Nov 2009
  144. What is maritime heritage?
    5 Nov 2009
  145. How do we measure currents?
    28 Oct 2009
  146. What was the first national marine sanctuary to be designated?
    20 Oct 2009
  147. What threats do coastal communities face?
    15 Oct 2009
  148. Are all algal blooms harmful?
    8 Oct 2009
  149. Did I find a lost underwater civilization?
    2 Oct 2009
  150. Why do we study tides?
    1 Oct 2009
  151. What is geodesy?
    22 Sep 2009
  152. What are PCBs?
    18 Sep 2009
  153. What is the difference between land cover and land use?
    10 Sep 2009
  154. What is nutrient pollution?
    1 Sep 2009
  155. What is resilience?
    27 Aug 2009
  156. What is an environmental sensitivity index map?
    24 Aug 2009
  157. What is a dead zone?
    21 Aug 2009
  158. What is a national marine sanctuary?
    18 Aug 2009
  159. What can I do to protect coral reefs?
    10 Aug 2009
  160. What is remote sensing?
    10 Aug 2009
  161. What is ecosystem science?
    4 Aug 2009
  162. How frequent are tides?
    27 Jul 2009
  163. What are phytoplankton?
    27 Jul 2009
  164. What is a guyot?
    21 Jul 2009
  165. Who first charted the Gulf Stream?
    21 Jul 2009
  166. How do people use kelp?
    13 Jul 2009
  167. What is the biggest fish in the ocean?
    13 Jul 2009
  168. What is "smart growth"?
    7 Jul 2009
  169. Do sharks eat people?
    7 Jul 2009
  170. What is the largest ocean basin on Earth?
    30 Jun 2009
  171. Can humans drink seawater?
    29 Jun 2009
  172. Where are marine protected areas located?
    23 Jun 2009
  173. What is IOOS?
    23 Jun 2009
  174. What are El Nino and La Nina?
    17 Jun 2009
  175. What is a kelp forest?
    17 Jun 2009
  176. What is the global ocean conveyor belt?
    12 Jun 2009
  177. What is a coral reef made of?
    12 Jun 2009
  178. How is sea level rise related to climate change?
    4 Jun 2009
  179. What is a mangrove forest?
    4 Jun 2009
  180. Is change important to estuaries?
    26 May 2009
  181. What types of plants and animals live in an estuary?
    26 May 2009
  182. What does an oceanographer do?
    18 May 2009
  183. What is a rip current?
    14 May 2009
  184. Are lionfish a threat to Atlantic Ocean fish?
    24 Apr 2009
  185. What is upwelling?
    24 Apr 2009
  186. What is marine snow?
    24 Apr 2009
  187. How long does it take to produce a nautical chart?
    6 Apr 2009
  188. What do the numbers mean on a nautical chart?
    6 Apr 2009
  189. Can the ocean freeze?
    30 Mar 2009
  190. What is a tsunami?
    30 Mar 2009
  191. What is marine debris?
    30 Mar 2009
  192. What is a current?
    30 Mar 2009
  193. Can marine debris degrade on its own in the environment?
    25 Mar 2009
  194. What does peanut butter have to do with the ocean?
    18 Mar 2009
  195. In what types of water do corals live?
    16 Mar 2009
  196. How fast is the Gulf Stream?
    12 Mar 2009
  197. What is the largest living structure on Earth?
    10 Mar 2009
  198. What's the difference between an ocean and a sea?
    25 Feb 2009
  199. What are the seven seas?
    25 Feb 2009
  200. What percentage of marine areas are protected?
    18 Feb 2009
  201. Where can I get tide predictions?
    18 Feb 2009
  202. What is an iceberg?
    18 Feb 2009
  203. What is a hydrothermal vent?
    13 Feb 2009
  204. What is an extremophile?
    13 Feb 2009
  205. What is coastal zone management?
    30 Jan 2009
  206. Do volcanoes occur in the ocean?
    30 Jan 2009
  207. What is a rogue wave?
    28 Jan 2009
  208. What can the ocean teach us about life on other planets?
    27 Jan 2009
  209. Where is the highest tide?
    23 Jan 2009
  210. What are tides?
    22 Jan 2009
  211. Why do we have oceans?
    22 Jan 2009
  212. How many oceans are there?
    21 Jan 2009
  213. How does sound travel in the ocean?
    21 Jan 2009
  214. Why is the ocean blue?
    16 Jan 2009
  215. How much water is in the ocean?
    15 Jan 2009
  216. What is a nautical chart?
    14 Jan 2009
  217. What do coral reefs have to do with medicine?
    14 Jan 2009
  218. Why is the ocean salty?
    13 Jan 2009
  219. What is a marine protected area?
    7 Jan 2009
  220. What's the difference between a tide and a current?
    6 Jan 2009
  221. Why do Harmful Algal Blooms occur?
    6 Jan 2009
  222. What is a red tide?
    5 Jan 2009
  223. What is the biggest source of ocean pollution?
    4 Dec 2008
  224. How far does light travel in the ocean?
    3 Dec 2008
  225. What percentage of the American population lives near the coast?
    3 Dec 2008
  226. How much of the ocean have we explored?
    2 Dec 2008
  227. What's the difference between a nautical chart and a map?
    1 Dec 2008
  228. What is a sonar?
    27 Nov 2008
  229. What species live in and around coral reefs?
    26 Nov 2008
  230. What is hydrography?
    25 Nov 2008
  231. How important is the ocean to our economy?
    19 Nov 2008
  232. What role does the Ocean Service play with our nation's aircraft and airports?
    19 Nov 2008
  233. What role does the ocean play in the weather?
    18 Nov 2008
  234. Is sea level rising?
    10 Nov 2008
  235. How do coral reefs protect life and property?
    10 Nov 2008
  236. What is the longest mountain range on earth?
    7 Nov 2008
  237. What is a benthic habitat map?
    5 Nov 2008
  238. What is an estuary?
    3 Nov 2008
  239. How do coral reefs benefit the economy?
    15 Oct 2008
  240. How deep is the ocean?
    2 Oct 2008
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