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Features: September 2013

an estuary in Florida

National Estuaries Week, September 23-29

Estuaries are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world and are home to many different plants and animals. Estuaries also support the U.S. economy in the form of seafood sales, jobs, and recreational activities such as fishing, bird watching, and boating. Our National Estuarine Research Reserves are designed to protect these areas and the species that inhabit them. Do your part to help protect and conserve our nation's estuaries. More...

The Galveston Hurricane of 1900

The Galveston Hurricane of 1900

On September 8, 1900, a horrific hurricane slammed into Galveston, Texas. Wind speeds surpassed 135 miles per hour, making it a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Storm surges rose 15 feet and, within hours, estimates of 6,000 to 12,000 unwary people were killed and over 3,600 buildings were destroyed. The Galveston Hurricane remains the deadliest natural disaster in United States history. More...