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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

September 2011

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The Calm Before the Storm

Postdoctoral scholar Peter van Hengstum of the Coastal Systems Group prepares to deploy sediment traps in Oyster Pond near WHOI's Quissett Campus. A group of researchers and students, led by Jeff Donnelly, recently mobilized in advance of the approaching Hurricane Irene to install instruments and make measurements along the shoreline to monitor any changes caused by high winds and rough seas. (Photo by Ken Kostel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)  More Image of the Day

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Shifting Sands and Bacteria

Most coastal communities in the United States test the water at beaches for the presence of bacteria. But they don't routinely test the sand. Does sand also harbor bacteria? Until recently, few would have worried about the possibility.

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The Ghost Mooring 

An unexpected call from a wayward instrument unleashed a flurry of questions. Not only was the lost equipment thousands of miles from where it should be, but it turned out not to be the mooring everyone thought.

 
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Bacteria Binged on Gulf Oil But Didn't Grow

When the Deepwater Horizon spewed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, bacteria launched into a feeding frenzy. But microbes that gobbled up the oil did so without increasing their numbers or gaining weight.

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WHOI Hosts Visit by U.S. Senator Scott Brown

On August 15, Senator Scott Brown toured WHOI's Village Campus to learn about the Institution's unmatched oceanographic science and engineering activities.

 
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Research on the Road

High school student Bryan James spent the summer working as a volunteer in Chris Reddy's lab at WHOI. While there, he had a chance to travel to the Gulf looking for samples of year-old Deepwater Horizon oil.

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TeamWHOI raises $6,000

An enthusiastic TeamWHOI completed the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on August 14, raising $6,000 for ocean science research and surpassing last year's fundraising total. Attention 2012 runners: It's not too early to start training!

 
 
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