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December 2013 Issue

25 Years Ago 1988.
The chief scientist of the Gorda Ridge diving program reported the discovery of a field of underwater hot springs, mineral deposits and exotic animals about 100 miles off the coast of Oregon. The team dove to depths of 10,000 feet. ... Movie producers converted two giant water tanks into a futuristic sea bottom oil field. The tanks were a part of an abandoned nuclear power plant in Gaffney, South Carolina. ... A research project funded jointly by the Office of Naval Research and the Oceanographer of the Navy validated a computer-based system for monitoring the performance of experimental sonar systems.

15 Years Ago 1998.
Dr. Charles G. Groat was sworn in as the 13th director of the U.S. Geological Survey by the Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit. ... Endangered North Atlantic right whales received protection from ship strikes from the UN’s International Maritime Organization. The body voted for a mandatory ship reporting system in two habitat areas for right whales off the coasts of Massachusetts and Florida and Georgia. ... In a second report to Congress on the status of marine fish stocks, according to NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service officials, 100 species reviewed were overfished or approaching an overfished condition.

10 Years Ago 2003.
A new alliance was formed between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Association of Diving Contractors International to improve the health and safety of commercial divers. ... NOAA Coastal Services Center awarded more than $15 million in grants to 16 projects in 18 states, from Alaska to South Carolina, to promote development or expansion of regional, coastal ocean observation systems. ... The U.S. Senate approved a bill that would establish a national system for gathering real-time ocean data, based upon the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observation System. It would augment and integrate a network of regional observation systems.


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