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What's New: August 2009

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Ocean for Life 2009 Creates Waves of Understanding

In July and August, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) sponsored the 2009 Ocean for Life program, which gathers high school students from Western and Middle Eastern nations to promote cultural understanding through ocean science. More...

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NOAA Scientists Predict Coral Bleaching Events

Coral bleaching is associated with a variety of stresses, especially increased ocean temperatures. This causes the coral to expel symbiotic micro-algae living in their tissues – algae that provide corals with food. More...

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Hydrographic Surveys to Stimulate the Economy

Local bridge and highway improvements are not the only transportation projects to benefit from stimulus funds. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the Office of Coast Survey is allocating $40 million for mapping the sea floor, collecting data in critical coastal areas, and updating nautical charts. More...

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‘Hydropalooza’ Provides Deeper Understanding of Alaska’s Kachemak Bay

NOAA ships and scientists, along with multiple partner organizations, have returned to Kachemak Bay, Alaska, for the second field season of hydrographic data collection. More...

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Assessment of Coral Reef and Fish Communities at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

NOS recently released a report detailing a comprehensive study of the fish communities and habitats of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, located off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana. More...

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What Lies Beneath: Mapping the Arctic Sea Floor

On August 7, NOAA's Office of Coast Survey, in partnership with the NOAA-University of New Hampshire Joint Hydrographic Center and several other federal and Canadian partners, set sail on the fifth expedition to the Arctic Ocean to map the North American extended continental shelf. More...