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Catching Zzzs

Catching Zzzs

Fresh from refinishing work, the “Z-drive” propulsion units on the underside of the research vessel Knorr are exposed in a Jacksonville, Fla., shipyard. The shrouded drives can turn 360 […]

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Ice dispenser

Ice dispenser

A tidewater glacier in Prinz Christian Sound (on the southern tip of Greenland) calves small “bergy-bits,” as the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy passes by. The Healy, which […]

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Top of the World

Top of the World

Welcome to Barrow, Alaska, where the Iñupiat people rely on the annual migration of bowhead whales to coastal waters for food and for sustaining long-standing cultural traditions. Barrow, the northernmost […]

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Colors of Coral

Colors of Coral

Viewed in polarized light, this thin section of the skeleton of a Pacific reef-building coral, Acropora gemmifera, looks more like abstract art. The skeleton is made up of millions […]

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Mary Comes Home

Mary Comes Home

One of the U.S. Navy’s newest oceanographic survey vessels, USNS Mary Sears, called in Woods Hole from July 24-26, 2002. The ship tied up within sight of the Bigelow […]

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Layers in the Arctic Ocean

(Animation by Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

By Robert Pickart :: Originally published online January 31, 2007

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Sea work can be a handful

Sea work can be a handful

WHOI senior engineering assistant John Kemp displays a handful of cotter pins and the calloused signs of hard work at sea. WHOI researchers have worked extensively in the past few […]

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Night Spins

Night Spins

In the middle of a summer night, researchers working from the research vessel Oceanus deploy a sampling sled to detect chemical tracers that helped them track how an Read More