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  1. How does sand form?
    16 Aug 2017
  2. What does the ocean have to do with human health?
    31 May 2017
  3. What is a Rossby wave?
    31 May 2017
  4. Why should we care about the ocean?
    24 May 2017
  5. What are the Totten Beacons?
    24 May 2017
  6. What is a tide gauge?
    24 May 2017
  7. What are brain corals?
    22 May 2017
  8. What is a catcher beach?
    11 May 2017
  9. What is a King Tide?
    11 May 2017
  10. What is the difference between local sea level and global sea level?
    11 May 2017
  11. Where do I get real-time and forecast coastal conditions?
    11 May 2017
  12. What is the fastest fish in the ocean?
    11 May 2017
  13. How does sea ice affect global climate?
    4 May 2017
  14. What causes a sea turtle to be born male or female?
    21 Apr 2017
  15. What are the oldest living animals in the world?
    24 Feb 2017
  16. What are the Roaring Forties?
    8 Feb 2017
  17. What is the Pineapple Express?
    26 Jan 2017
  18. Are all fish cold-blooded?
    26 Jan 2017
  19. Where do fish go when it freezes outside?
    21 Dec 2016
  20. What is ocean noise?
    21 Dec 2016
  21. What are the trade winds?
    17 Nov 2016
  22. How are satellites used to observe the ocean?
    7 Nov 2016
  23. What is a sea lamprey?
    27 Oct 2016
  24. What is an oil seep?
    27 Oct 2016
  25. What is coral spawning?
    15 Sep 2016
  26. Why do scientists measure sea surface temperature?
    15 Sep 2016
  27. What is marine telemetry?
    28 Jul 2016
  28. What are the doldrums?
    15 Jul 2016
  29. What are beach advisories and beach closures?
    1 Jul 2016
  30. What are microplastics?
    27 Jun 2016
  31. How does land-based pollution threaten coral reefs?
    24 Jun 2016
  32. Can a coral reef recover from bleaching and other stressful events?
    24 Jun 2016
  33. How does overfishing affect coral reefs?
    21 Jun 2016
  34. How does climate change affect coral reefs?
    20 Jun 2016
  35. How do sea turtles hatch?
    15 Jun 2016
  36. What is ocean etiquette?
    13 Jun 2016
  37. What is the highest point on Earth as measured from Earth's center?
    25 May 2016
  38. What is a living shoreline?
    11 May 2016
  39. What is an oil spill trajectory?
    10 May 2016
  40. What is a pocosin?
    25 Apr 2016
  41. What are barnacles?
    14 Apr 2016
  42. What is GPS?
    23 Mar 2016
  43. What is the Great Loop?
    21 Mar 2016
  44. What color is an iceberg?
    3 Mar 2016
  45. What is marine biogeography?
    25 Feb 2016
  46. What is the Forchhammer's Principle?
    9 Feb 2016
  47. What is seaspeak?
    20 Jan 2016
  48. What is GRAV-D?
    12 Jan 2016
  49. What is a NOAA tide table?
    4 Nov 2015
  50. What are the vampire squid and the vampire fish?
    30 Oct 2015
  51. How does NOAA help clean up oil and chemical spills?
    22 Oct 2015
  52. What is a maritime forest?
    16 Oct 2015
  53. What is a High Seas Forecast?
    8 Oct 2015
  54. What is a bight?
    9 Sep 2015
  55. What is a thermocline?
    28 Jul 2015
  56. What is a Portuguese Man o’ War?
    22 Jul 2015
  57. What is subsidence?
    2 Jul 2015
  58. What is a wetland?
    6 May 2015
  59. What is HAZMAT?
    23 Apr 2015
  60. What is an ocean glider?
    3 Apr 2015
  61. What is glacial isostatic adjustment?
    23 Mar 2015
  62. How does NOAA monitor water levels around the nation?
    18 Mar 2015
  63. How do natural disasters contribute to marine debris?
    11 Mar 2015
  64. What is a marsh organ?
    11 Feb 2015
  65. What is a nautilus?
    6 Feb 2015
  66. What is a platypus?
    4 Feb 2015
  67. What is spat?
    22 Jan 2015
  68. What is a turbidity current?
    12 Jan 2015
  69. What is geocaching?
    20 Nov 2014
  70. What is a geographic information system?
    19 Nov 2014
  71. What is the Census of Marine Life?
    12 Nov 2014
  72. What is aquaculture?
    7 Nov 2014
  73. What are Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems?
    31 Oct 2014
  74. What is an Operational Forecast System?
    23 Oct 2014
  75. Why does the ocean have waves?
    23 Oct 2014
  76. How far does sound travel in the ocean?
    29 Sep 2014
  77. Do fish sleep?
    16 Sep 2014
  78. What is blue carbon?
    4 Sep 2014
  79. What is PORTS®?
    11 Aug 2014
  80. What is nuisance flooding?
    30 Jul 2014
  81. What is tectonic shift?
    18 Jul 2014
  82. What is a whale fall?
    13 Jun 2014
  83. What are the horse latitudes?
    5 Jun 2014
  84. Are horseshoe crabs really crabs?
    14 May 2014
  85. What are PBDEs?
    21 Apr 2014
  86. When Was the First Earth Day?
    19 Apr 2014
  87. What is a pelagic fish?
    26 Mar 2014
  88. What is bombogenesis?
    25 Mar 2014
  89. What do geodesists do?
    19 Mar 2014
  90. What is the International Date Line?
    10 Mar 2014
  91. What is the longest-lived marine mammal?
    5 Mar 2014
  92. What is an anchialine pool?
    31 Jan 2014
  93. What is an artificial reef?
    3 Dec 2013
  94. Are there oceans on other planets?
    19 Nov 2013
  95. What is dredging?
    4 Nov 2013
  96. What is a slough?
    23 Sep 2013
  97. Is the Earth round?
    18 Sep 2013
  98. What is a hurricane?
    19 Aug 2013
  99. Was Moby Dick a real whale?
    31 Jul 2013
  100. Why do we name tropical storms?
    16 Jul 2013
  101. What is a seiche?
    26 Jun 2013
  102. Why do mariners use port and starboard instead of left and right?
    24 Jun 2013
  103. What is a fish ladder?
    16 May 2013
  104. What is a bivalve mollusk?
    22 Apr 2013
  105. What is ocean acidification?
    1 Apr 2013
  106. What is a Plimsoll line?
    26 Feb 2013
  107. What is LIDAR?
    23 Jan 2013
  108. What is the most venomous marine animal?
    15 Jan 2013
  109. Why do we have spring tides in the fall?
    28 Nov 2012
  110. What is the difference between storm surge and storm tide?
    26 Nov 2012
  111. What is the mariner's 1-2-3 rule?
    20 Nov 2012
  112. What is the difference between a hurricane watch and a warning?
    27 Sep 2012
  113. What is the difference between an AUV and a ROV?
    17 Sep 2012
  114. What is shoreline armoring?
    24 Aug 2012
  115. What is the difference between a nautical mile and a knot?
    6 Aug 2012
  116. What is 'Old Sow'?
    16 Jul 2012
  117. Are mermaids real?
    27 Jun 2012
  118. Where is Point Nemo?
    15 Jun 2012
  119. What's the difference between a threatened and endangered species?
    18 May 2012
  120. Why are scientists concerned about Asian tiger shrimp?
    27 Apr 2012
  121. What is a perigean spring tide?
    3 Apr 2012
  122. What is sea foam?
    8 Mar 2012
  123. How big is the Atlantic Ocean?
    21 Feb 2012
  124. What is a datum?
    1 Feb 2012
  125. What is the Sargasso Sea?
    25 Jan 2012
  126. How do we forecast harmful algal blooms?
    6 Jan 2012
  127. What are Christmas tree worms?
    22 Dec 2011
  128. Does coral jewelry make a good gift?
    15 Dec 2011
  129. What is the cryosphere?
    30 Nov 2011
  130. What is an iceberg?
    30 Nov 2011
  131. Where do I get NOAA tides and currents data?
    29 Nov 2011
  132. What is a turkeyfish?
    23 Nov 2011
  133. What is the geoid?
    17 Nov 2011
  134. What is Digital Coast?
    14 Nov 2011
  135. What is the law of the sea?
    14 Nov 2011
  136. How do I get NOAA nautical charts?
    7 Nov 2011
  137. What makes the green turtle...green?
    18 Oct 2011
  138. What is a historical map or chart?
    7 Oct 2011
  139. What is ghostfishing?
    27 Sep 2011
  140. Are sea cucumbers vegetables?
    13 Sep 2011
  141. What is the Storm QuickLook?
    7 Sep 2011
  142. What is the difference between weather and climate?
    10 Aug 2011
  143. Could a hurricane make a large oil spill worse?
    4 Aug 2011
  144. How did the Pacific Ocean get its name?
    13 Jun 2011
  145. Is there gold in the ocean?
    8 Jun 2011
  146. Are starfish really fish?
    1 Jun 2011
  147. What are jellyfish made of?
    26 May 2011
  148. Why are aquatic plants so important?
    26 May 2011
  149. What is seaweed?
    5 May 2011
  150. How can you tell the difference between an oil slick and an algal bloom?
    26 Apr 2011
  151. How did the Hawaiian Islands form?
    13 Apr 2011
  152. Do the Great Lakes have tides?
    4 Apr 2011
  153. How much of the ocean have we explored?
    1 Apr 2011
  154. What is lightering?
    21 Mar 2011
  155. What is air gap?
    28 Feb 2011
  156. What is a marine national monument?
    12 Feb 2011
  157. What is VDatum?
    3 Feb 2011
  158. What is a salt marsh?
    27 Dec 2010
  159. What is Natural Resource Damage Assessment?
    8 Dec 2010
  160. What threats do seabirds face?
    17 Nov 2010
  161. What's the difference between a seal and a sea lion?
    25 Oct 2010
  162. How does pressure change with ocean depth?
    20 Oct 2010
  163. What is NERRS?
    13 Oct 2010
  164. What ocean basin has the most corals?
    7 Oct 2010
  165. Are coral animals or plants?
    6 Oct 2010
  166. What is the EEZ?
    1 Oct 2010
  167. How do we monitor tides?
    15 Sep 2010
  168. What is a navigation response team?
    30 Aug 2010
  169. Why is the ocean salty, but rivers flowing into it are not?
    23 Aug 2010
  170. What is the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise?
    18 Aug 2010
  171. What is marine forensic science?
    10 Aug 2010
  172. What is an invasive species?
    6 Aug 2010
  173. Why does the ocean get colder at depth?
    28 Jul 2010
  174. What makes the right whale "right"?
    21 Jul 2010
  175. How long is the U.S. shoreline?
    14 Jul 2010
  176. Where is the largest estuary in the United States?
    7 Jul 2010
  177. What is an eddy?
    28 Jun 2010
  178. What is the difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon?
    22 Jun 2010
  179. What is the largest sea turtle?
    15 Jun 2010
  180. Why is data on currents important?
    9 Jun 2010
  181. What is a waterspout?
    4 Jun 2010
  182. What is the significance of the NOAA logo?
    26 May 2010
  183. What is the Loop Current?
    21 May 2010
  184. What is a seamount?
    14 May 2010
  185. Can penguins fly?
    11 May 2010
  186. How does oil impact marine life?
    4 May 2010
  187. What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?
    22 Apr 2010
  188. How is bathymetric data used?
    2 Apr 2010
  189. How do sanctuaries protect marine life?
    25 Mar 2010
  190. What are brain corals?
    15 Mar 2010
  191. Are dolphins fish?
    10 Mar 2010
  192. What is bathymetry?
    2 Mar 2010
  193. Why do we study PCBs if they were banned in 1979?
    16 Feb 2010
  194. What is bioluminescence?
    12 Feb 2010
  195. What is a tidal wave?
    8 Feb 2010
  196. Do alligators live in the ocean?
    1 Feb 2010
  197. Is sea level the same all across the ocean?
    21 Jan 2010
  198. How is ocean observing data used?
    19 Jan 2010
  199. What is the Bermuda Triangle?
    8 Jan 2010
  200. What is the National Spatial Reference System?
    4 Jan 2010
  201. Where is all of the Earth's water?
    15 Dec 2009
  202. What is federal consistency?
    11 Dec 2009
  203. What is the smallest ocean?
    30 Nov 2009
  204. Do whales make noise?
    23 Nov 2009
  205. What are the three main types of coral reefs?
    20 Nov 2009
  206. Where is the largest protected area in the National Marine Sanctuary system?
    19 Nov 2009
  207. What lives in a kelp forest?
    10 Nov 2009
  208. What is maritime heritage?
    5 Nov 2009
  209. How do we measure currents?
    28 Oct 2009
  210. What was the first national marine sanctuary to be designated?
    20 Oct 2009
  211. What threats do coastal communities face?
    15 Oct 2009
  212. Are all algal blooms harmful?
    8 Oct 2009
  213. Did I find a lost underwater civilization?
    2 Oct 2009
  214. Why do we study tides?
    1 Oct 2009
  215. What is geodesy?
    22 Sep 2009
  216. What are PCBs?
    18 Sep 2009
  217. What is the difference between land cover and land use?
    10 Sep 2009
  218. What is nutrient pollution?
    1 Sep 2009
  219. What is resilience?
    27 Aug 2009
  220. What is an environmental sensitivity index map?
    24 Aug 2009
  221. What is a dead zone?
    21 Aug 2009
  222. What is a national marine sanctuary?
    18 Aug 2009
  223. What can I do to protect coral reefs?
    10 Aug 2009
  224. What is remote sensing?
    10 Aug 2009
  225. What is ecosystem science?
    4 Aug 2009
  226. How frequent are tides?
    27 Jul 2009
  227. What are phytoplankton?
    27 Jul 2009
  228. What is a guyot?
    21 Jul 2009
  229. Who first charted the Gulf Stream?
    21 Jul 2009
  230. How do people use kelp?
    13 Jul 2009
  231. What is the biggest fish in the ocean?
    13 Jul 2009
  232. What is "smart growth"?
    7 Jul 2009
  233. Do sharks eat people?
    7 Jul 2009
  234. What is the largest ocean basin on Earth?
    30 Jun 2009
  235. Can humans drink seawater?
    29 Jun 2009
  236. Where are marine protected areas located?
    23 Jun 2009
  237. What is IOOS?
    23 Jun 2009
  238. What are El Nino and La Nina?
    17 Jun 2009
  239. What is a kelp forest?
    17 Jun 2009
  240. What is the global ocean conveyor belt?
    12 Jun 2009
  241. What is a coral reef made of?
    12 Jun 2009
  242. How is sea level rise related to climate change?
    4 Jun 2009
  243. What is a mangrove forest?
    4 Jun 2009
  244. Is change important to estuaries?
    26 May 2009
  245. What types of plants and animals live in an estuary?
    26 May 2009
  246. What does an oceanographer do?
    18 May 2009
  247. What is a rip current?
    14 May 2009
  248. Are lionfish a threat to Atlantic Ocean fish?
    24 Apr 2009
  249. What is upwelling?
    24 Apr 2009
  250. What is marine snow?
    24 Apr 2009
  251. How long does it take to produce a nautical chart?
    6 Apr 2009
  252. What do the numbers mean on a nautical chart?
    6 Apr 2009
  253. Can the ocean freeze?
    30 Mar 2009
  254. What is a tsunami?
    30 Mar 2009
  255. What is marine debris?
    30 Mar 2009
  256. What is a current?
    30 Mar 2009
  257. Can marine debris degrade on its own in the environment?
    25 Mar 2009
  258. What does peanut butter have to do with the ocean?
    18 Mar 2009
  259. In what types of water do corals live?
    16 Mar 2009
  260. How fast is the Gulf Stream?
    12 Mar 2009
  261. What is the largest living structure on Earth?
    10 Mar 2009
  262. What's the difference between an ocean and a sea?
    25 Feb 2009
  263. What are the seven seas?
    25 Feb 2009
  264. What percentage of marine areas are protected?
    18 Feb 2009
  265. Where can I get tide predictions?
    18 Feb 2009
  266. What is a hydrothermal vent?
    13 Feb 2009
  267. What is an extremophile?
    13 Feb 2009
  268. What is coastal zone management?
    30 Jan 2009
  269. Do volcanoes occur in the ocean?
    30 Jan 2009
  270. What is a rogue wave?
    28 Jan 2009
  271. What can the ocean teach us about life on other planets?
    27 Jan 2009
  272. Where is the highest tide?
    23 Jan 2009
  273. What are tides?
    22 Jan 2009
  274. Why do we have oceans?
    22 Jan 2009
  275. How many oceans are there?
    21 Jan 2009
  276. How does sound travel in the ocean?
    21 Jan 2009
  277. Why is the ocean blue?
    16 Jan 2009
  278. How much water is in the ocean?
    15 Jan 2009
  279. What is a nautical chart?
    14 Jan 2009
  280. What do coral reefs have to do with medicine?
    14 Jan 2009
  281. Why is the ocean salty?
    13 Jan 2009
  282. What is a marine protected area?
    7 Jan 2009
  283. What's the difference between a tide and a current?
    6 Jan 2009
  284. Why do Harmful Algal Blooms occur?
    6 Jan 2009
  285. What is a red tide?
    5 Jan 2009
  286. What is the biggest source of ocean pollution?
    4 Dec 2008
  287. How far does light travel in the ocean?
    3 Dec 2008
  288. What percentage of the American population lives near the coast?
    3 Dec 2008
  289. How much of the ocean have we explored?
    2 Dec 2008
  290. What's the difference between a nautical chart and a map?
    1 Dec 2008
  291. What is a sonar?
    27 Nov 2008
  292. What species live in and around coral reefs?
    25 Nov 2008
  293. What is hydrography?
    25 Nov 2008
  294. How important is the ocean to our economy?
    19 Nov 2008
  295. What role does the Ocean Service play with our nation's aircraft and airports?
    19 Nov 2008
  296. What role does the ocean play in the weather?
    18 Nov 2008
  297. Is sea level rising?
    10 Nov 2008
  298. How do coral reefs protect life and property?
    10 Nov 2008
  299. What is the longest mountain range on earth?
    7 Nov 2008
  300. What is a benthic habitat map?
    5 Nov 2008
  301. What is an estuary?
    3 Nov 2008
  302. How do coral reefs benefit the economy?
    15 Oct 2008
  303. How deep is the ocean?
    2 Oct 2008
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