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Key Discoveries & Accomplishments

For nearly a century, WHOI scientists and engineers have played a part in many of the discoveries that form the modern understanding of the ocean and how it interacts with other parts of the planet, including human society.

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Science in a Time of Crisis

Science in a Time of Crisis

WHOI's Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
A multimedia presentation featuring scientists and engineers who continued the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution legacy of oil spill research by providing an objective insight into the immediate and potential impacts of the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Discovery of Hydrothermal Vents

Discovery of Hydrothermal Vents

In 1977, scientists made a stunning discovery on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean that forever changed our understanding of planet Earth and life on it.

Titanic

Discovery of RMS Titanic

After many unsuccessful attempts by other groups, a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution discovered the wreck of Titanic on September 1, 1985.

75th Anniversary

75h Anniversary

WHOI celebrated 75 years of ocean research, education, and exploration in 2005.