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Reef-to-Ridge: A unique approach to habitat conservation in Culebra, Puerto Rico.

A wetland
OCEAN FACTS
What is a wetland?

There are five general types of wetlands: marine (ocean), estuarine (estuary), riverine (river), lacustrine (lake), and palustrine (marsh). Common names for wetlands include marshes, estuaries, mangroves, mires, ponds, fens, swamps, deltas, coral reefs, lagoons, shallow seas, bogs, lakes, and floodplains.

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New species of deep-water algae, Umbraulva kuaweuweu, which refers to refers to the Hawaiian god of prosperity (Kū) and the area north of Maui, and is intended to refer to
DISCOVERY
New Algae Species

Scientists working with NOAA have discovered four new species of deepwater algae from Hawaii. Marine algae, or limu,are very important in Hawaiian culture, used in foods, ceremonies and as adornments in traditional hula. The new species of limu were collected in depths not typically known for marine algae.

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EXPLORE
Coastal Resilience

Resilience is the ability to adapt to changing conditions and withstand—and rapidly recover from—disruption due to emergencies. At NOS, we focus on coastal and ocean resilience. Communities that live near our coasts are increasingly vulnerable to disasters while facing other long-term environmental changes.

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EDUCATION
New Sea Level Rise Module

Attention educators! Check out the new sea level rise module and video for students (grades 6-12), developed by NOS and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This module informs about sea level rise, its causes, and impacts; and challenges students to think about what they can do in response.

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