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Gas found off Mid-Atlantic Coast

May 30, 2000

Woods Hole, MA – A team of scientists investigating whether possible cracks along the outer continental shelf off the mid-Atlantic coast might lead to a tsunami-causing landslide has discovered that the entire area is charged with gas.

Scientists Find Active Underwater Volcano East of Samoa

May 16, 2000

Marine geologists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) have confirmed the existence of an active underwater volcano east of Samoa. The volcano, recently named VailuluA?u by local students, is located about 28…

Major Gift Moves New Regional Coastal Research Vessel Close to Reality

May 15, 2000

Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionA?s planned coastal research vessel is much closer to reality with the announcement of a $5 million gift from long-time friend, Trustee and supporter Gratia Rinehart A?TopsyA? Montgomery of South Dartmouth, MA. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)…

Undersea Cracks along Continental Shelf Could Trigger Tsunamis along U.S. East Coast

April 28, 2000

Potential landslides on the outer continental shelf and slope along the Mid-Atlantic coast could trigger tsunamis that might have devastating effects on populated coastal areas. In a paper published in the May 2000 issue of the journal Geology,Neal Driscoll of…

California Oceanographer to Receive WHOI’s Stommel Medal

March 21, 2000

Dr. Russ E. Davis of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego will receive the Henry Stommel Medal in Oceanography from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in recognition of his contributions to observing and…

High Levels of Platinum and Palladium Found in Boston Harbor Sediments

March 13, 2000

The first systematic study of the influence of human activity on platinum and palladium concentrations in an urban coastal system show high levels of these metals. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and their colleagues found platinum and…

New Iron-Eating Microbe Major Component of Mining Pollution and Iron and Sulfur Cycling

March 10, 2000

A new microbe that eats iron and lives in some of the most acidic conditions found on earth has been identified as a major player in the environmental damage caused by metal ore mining. It also raises questions about the…

New Generation Deep Ocean Vehicle Funded by $1 Million Keck Foundation Grant

February 18, 2000

A new generation remotely operated vehicle (ROV) capable of routine operation to depths of 6,500 meters (21,320 feet) and communicating its data back to shore via the Internet is under development at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), funded by…

WHOI Scientists to Discuss Fisheries Science Issues

January 21, 2000

WHAT: Scientists will briefly outline the fisheries problem, and some of the outstanding scientific issues that need to be addressed to manage the recovery of stocks, and once recovered, to manage them in a sustainable way. Also discussed will be…

Oceanographer Takes Cable Industry on Journey into the World’s Oceans

November 18, 1999

(Washington, DC) Robert B. Gagosian, Director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), told the Washington Metropolitan Cable Club today that new technologies are completely changing the way oceanographers do ocean science, and that many problems facing society today can…

The United States Navy Names New Ship for Long-time WHOI Scientist

November 12, 1999

The U.S. Navy’s newest oceanographic survey vessel has been named the USNS MARY SEARS in honor of the long-time Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist and pioneer in oceanography. Mary Sears (1905-1997) was a guiding force in the development of Woods…

WHOI Establishes Endowed Senior Scientist Chair Named for Local Resident

August 18, 1999

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has established an endowed chair in honor of local resident and former WHOI scientist Robert W. Morse of North Falmouth. The new chair was established through funds from the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation in…

WHOI Names New Director of Development

August 3, 1999

A 1975 graduate of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Joint Program in Oceanography will be returning to Woods Hole soon in a new capacity. Dr. Daniel H. Stuermer, a chemical oceanographer who has spent much of his…

Nation’s First Deep-Sea Research Submersible Keeps Going and Going…

June 2, 1999

The nationA?s first human-occupied deep-sea research submersible, the three-person Alvin, turns 35 on June 5, but the tiny sub keeps on going and going. Making between 175 and 200 dives each year to depths up to 4,500 meters (14,764 feet),…

WHOI Elects Officers, Trustees and Corporation Members

May 15, 1999

Officers of the Corporation Elected May 13, 1999

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

April 16, 1999

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…

Giant Sulfur Bacteria Discovered off African Coast

April 16, 1999

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…

Deputy Prime Minister of England to Visit WHOI April 23 to Discuss Deep-Sea Research, International Collaboration

April 16, 1999

John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions, will visit Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) April 23 to discuss potential collaboration and to learn more about…

Marie Tharp Honored at Women Pioneers Seminar

March 29, 1999

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…

New Model Suggests Northern Right Whale Population on Path to Extinction

March 16, 1999

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…