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Active 14,000 Foot Submarine Volcano Found near Samoa in South Pacific

An active volcano rising more than 4,300 meters (over 14,100 feet) from the ocean floor in the Samoa Islands has been discovered by a team of U.S. scientists, providing more evidence to the scientific debate over the formation of hot spot island chains. The volcano, more than 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) across at its…

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Giant Sulfur Bacteria Discovered off African Coast

The largest bacterium ever found, a harmless organism that grows as a string of white beads large enough to be visible to the naked eye, has been found in coastal sediments off the coast of Namibia by an international research team. In an article in today’s issue of the journal Science, researchers from the Max…

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Marie Tharp Honored at Women Pioneers Seminar

Oceanographic cartographer Marie Tharp, co-creator of the first world ocean floor map and co-discoverer of the central rift valley that runs through the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, was honored by the Women’s Committee of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) March 30 with the 1999 Women Pioneers in Oceanography Award.

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New Model Suggests Northern Right Whale Population on Path to Extinction

The North Atlantic northern right whale, considered to be the most endangered large whale species, is headed for extinction unless human intervention improves survival, according to a new study by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMASS Boston). Their report, the first to obtain rigorous statistical estimates of…

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Three WHOI Scientists Recognized with Endowed Positions

Three scientists have been recognized by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) for their contributions to ocean sciences research. Drs. Cheryl Ann Butman of the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department, David A. Caron of the Biology Department and Brian E. Tucholke of the Geology and Geophysics Department have each been named the recipient of…

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Three at WHOI Receive Senior Technical Awards for Technical Innovation and Excellence in Educational Activities

Daniel E. Frye, Barrie B. Walden and Carl 0. Wirsen have been named recipients of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Senior Technical Staff Awards for their contributions to the development of technology and their efforts to guide younger staff in their careers. Each award is approximately $60,000 and is intended primarily for salary support anytime…

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U.S. Navy Honors Two WHOI Scientists

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has named Senior Scientist Robert A. Weller and Associate Scientist Steven P. Anderson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) as recipients of its 1999 Secretary of the Navy/Chief of Naval Operations Oceanographic Research Chair and ONR/Institution Scholar.  Weller received the research chair and Anderson the scholar award.  Only…

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Nearshore Observatory to be Installed off Martha’s Vineyard for Long-term Meteorological and Oceanographic Studies

Real-time data on coastal storms, on movement of sand that buries harbor entrances and inlets, and on the impact of winds on shoreline processes will soon be available through a new nearshore observatory planned off the south coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, by scientists and engineers from the nearby Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Following…

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Scientists Plug Into Power and Communications ‘Outlet’ on the Seafloor

Scientists and engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and colleagues have successfully created the first permanent deep ocean seafloor observatory in the United States by connecting a junction box to a retired telephone cable on the seafloor in the middle of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California. The observatory rests in 5.0…

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U.S. Navy Gives Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Deep Diving Submarine

The U.S. Navy has transferred custody of its deepest-diving submersible, Sea Cliff, to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), operator of the National Deep Submergence Facility for the ocean research community. Capable of diving to 20,000 feet, Sea Cliff is considered a sister vehicle to the Institution-operated Alvin, which carries three people to depths up…

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WHOI Symposium to Address the State of Worlds’ Fisheries

World leaders in fisheries oceanography will give an overview of the current state of the worlds’ fisheries in a symposium hosted by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) on Tuesday, August 25, 1998 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Redfield Auditorium on Water Street in Woods Hole. The scientific community of Woods Hole and…

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Has Visible Role in National Oceans Conference and in Lisbon World’s Fair

With 1998 declared the International Year of the Ocean by the United Nations and President Clinton, marine research and engineering are major topics of discussion at both the upcoming National Oceans Conference in Monterey, California, and at EXPO ’98, the world’s fair in Lisbon, Portugal. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the largest private independent marine…

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Global Ocean Observatories a Major Initiative of National Ocean Conference

Global ocean observatories and the link they provide to climate prediction and education was one of the topics of discussion today at the National Ocean Conference in Monterey, CA. Dr. Robert B. Gagosian, Director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and one of the invited participants in the conference, briefed President Clinton today on…

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U.S. Ocean Research Fleet’s Newest Vessel To Visit New York and Washington,DC

The 274-foot Research Vessel Atlantis, the nation’s newest and most capable deep-sea research vessel and new support ship for the deep-diving three-person submersible Alvin, will visit New York City May 14-16 and Washington, DC May 19-21 as part of its first cruise before it begins extensive research activities in the Pacific Ocean. Atlantis, which left…

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WHOI Presents Its Highest Honor to Physicist William Jenkins

The twelfth Henry Bryant Bigelow Award in Oceanography, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) highest honor, was presented January 31 to a member of the Institution’s own scientific staff. Senior Scientist William J. Jenkins of the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department, a physicist, was honored for his “outstanding contributions to the development of the tritium-helium…

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Phoning Home from the Seafloor: New Undersea Laboratory Will Provide First Real-time, Long-Term Ocean Measurements

Pitting science and technology against the storm-driven forces of the open coastal ocean, a team of engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and scientists from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has established what may be the first long-term undersea observatory in the world. The new undersea research station directly links…

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Retirement of Research Vessel Atlantis II Marks the End of An Era

After a 33-year career and countless contributions to ocean sciences, the 210-foot Research Vessel Atlantis II is being retired from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) research fleet and from the national academic research fleet. The ship, support vessel for the deep-diving three-person submersible Alvin since 1984, will depart Woods Hole, MA, July 23 for…

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Atlantis Launched February 1

The first ship in the United States’ academic research fleet to be built as a platform for both manned and unmanned deep-sea exploration was launched in Pascagoula, Mississippi, February 1

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Construction Begins on U.S. Ocean Research Fleet’s Newest Vessel

Senior officials from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the U.S. Navy attended ceremonies August 16 at Halter Marine, Inc. in Moss Point, Mississippi, for the laying of the keel for WHOI’s new research vessel, Atlantis (AGOR-25). The keel laying symbolizes the beginning of the construction of the as yet unnamed ship, which will…

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