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OCEAN FACT
What are the horse latitudes?

The horse latitudes are located at about 30 degrees north and south of the equator. These regions are characterized by calm winds, sunny skies, and little or no precipitation.

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Making Waves

Get a close-up look at the microwave radar water level sensor—a revolutionary step forward in how NOAA measures water levels around the nation.

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About NOS

The National Ocean Service (NOS) translates 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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Navigation, tides, currents, and geodesy.

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