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December 2014 Issue

25 Years Ago 1989. Jennifer Joy Wilson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA’s deputy administrator. She was the first woman in NOAA’s history to hold a presidential-rank position. ... A team from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) took a research submersible on a test dive series in the Japan Trench. The submersible dove to a depth of 6,527 meters. ... NOAA released the first highly accurate bathymetric map of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. The map showed Monterey Canyon offshore southern California.


15 Years Ago 1999. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babitt ordered an environmental analysis of the impact of oil drilling off the central California coast and ordered suspensions for 36 pending leases in the area until the end of the review. ... NOAA and other stakeholders proposed to establish an ecological reserve to protect the best remaining coral reef habitat in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. ... About eight percent of the gold from the shipwrecked SS Central America went to auction at Sotheby’s in New York, New York. More than 400 pounds of gold recovered from the 1857 wreck was offered.


10 Years Ago 2004. The Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI) approved the appointment of Dr. Shirley Pomponi as president and chief executive officer. Pomponi started with HBOI in 1984. ... Scientists recovered the ocean glider that made history as the first AUV to cross the Gulf Stream underwater. Recovered north of Bermuda, the AUV proved the viability of self-propelled gliders for long-distance, scientific missions. ... The U.S. Coast Guard polar icebreaker Healy arrived in Seattle, Washington, after completing a 194-day Arctic research mission. The mission marked the end of the three-year Western Arctic Shelf-Basin Interactions Project to investigate the impact of global climate change.


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