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So you want to chart an artificial reef?

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
There are literally millions of pieces of data on nautical charts. How do cartographers determine which data to put on the charts? Two Coast Survey cartographers, Paul Gionis and Lance Roddy, explained some of…

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Free 2015 Coast Guard Light List

The U.S. Coast Guard has just released the 2015 Light Lists in PDF format for all volumes except Volume V (Volume V is only published in even years).  The Light List Volumes are available as a free download or in … Continue reading

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New ACR Firefly Pro Series Rescue Strobe Light

ACR has finally came out with a worthy successor to the classic Firefly Rescue Lite ACR / 4F.  The ACR Firefly PRO Series is Brighter, flashes longer and has more functions (Strobe, Flashlight, SOS) than the 4F model.  I found … Continue reading

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Why Whale Poo & Dead Whales Are Good For You & The Oceans

Left out of many discussions about whales and other animals is the effect they have on the health of the ecosystem and how we are all dependent on each other. Wolves in Yellowstone give healthier forests.  Streams that have hatchery … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. A note on the where traffic comes from – most of the traffic here comes from search engines, several times the listed referrals. Here’s an excerpt: The … Continue reading

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Coast Survey’s little known role in the case of the Amistad

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
Coast Survey Brig Washington Lt. Thomas R. Gedney, a U.S. Navy officer commanding the U.S. Coast Survey Brig Washington on August 20, 1839, was surveying the area between New York’s Montauk Point and Gardiner’s…

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New Feet for the Knot Boards

These low-cost simple Do It Yourself feet make class aides like Knot Boards or other displays stand up for students in class or at public events. A standup display is easier for students to use and for those passing by … Continue reading

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NOAA Ship Rainier surveying the waters off Washington

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
A NOAA ship plying the waters off the coast often inspires public curiosity. This is especially true when boaters and others see the ship or her launches just go back and forth, back and forth,…

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