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What's New: February 2012


What is an invasive species?

Did you know that Feb. 27 through March 3 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week? Invasive species are a big problem in the U.S. and around the world. Non-native animals and plants can harm both the natural resources in an ecosystem as well as threaten human use of these resources. We've put together a handy resource to learn more about aquatic invasive species. More...

Monitor turret and crew

A Big Year for the USS Monitor

The year 1862 was a big one for the USS Monitor. It was the year that this Civil War-era Union ironclad warship launched. It was also the year that she sank. In between, the Monitor was busy. More...

Screenshot of CMSP Data Registry

New Online Mapping Tool Helps Experts Make Better Decisions For Comprehensive Regional Planning

Coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP) is a tool that provides transparent information about ocean use, guarantees the public and stakeholders a voice in decisions affecting the oceans, and creates an inclusive, bottom-up planning approach that gives states and regions the ability to make informed decisions about how best to use the ocean. More...

Atlantis...Lost, Again

Atlantis...Lost, Again

At the National Ocean Service, we occasionally receive excited emails from folks who, while ‘navigating’ the ocean floor in Google Earth, thought per chance they had ‘discovered’ the lost city of Atlantis. More...

NOAA Heritage Week

NOAA Heritage Week

From Feb. 3-11, explore your world and learn how NOAA takes the pulse of the planet every day and protects and manages ocean and coastal resources. Join us on NOAA’s Silver Spring, Maryland, campus for a series of free NOAA Heritage Week events, including engaging guest presentations, interactive exhibits, and hands-on activities for all ages. More...