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April 2011 Issue

25 Years Ago
1986. Heavily polluted air masses, believed to have originated from major East Coast cities, were found as far as 400 miles off the U.S. Atlantic coast at elevations of around 1,100 meters. NOAA scientists were studying pollution transportation in the atmosphere. ... The Rowan Gorilla III set a new water-depth record for jackup drilling rigs by drilling in 115 meters in water in the Gulf of Mexico. The record was possible after the original leg length was extended in 1985 from 154 to 185 meters. ... NOAA issued the first private sector license to launch a Landsat camera on future space shuttle missions. The license went to ITEK Optical Systems and Aero Service Co.

15 Years Ago
1996. Gloucester fisherman Donald H. Lowe became the first fisherman to participate in a $2 million NOAA vessel buyout program, exchanging his vessel and federal groundfish fishing permit for $190,000. ... Chevron agreed to create a new marsh habitat in the Mississippi River delta to replace a highly productive marsh damaged by a 1995 oil wellhead failure. ... The Coast Guard television series, an action-adventure show based on the activities of the U.S. Coast Guard, was renewed for another season.

10 Years Ago
2001. The world's biggest offshore oil rig at the time sank into the South Atlantic. The Petrobras rig, located off Brazil, began sinking after a series of explosions killed 10 of the 175 aboard. The accident resulted in the loss of about five percent of daily output and an estimated $450 million in lost production. ... More than 160 marine scientists signed a scientific consensus document saying that there was "compelling scientific evidence that marine reservers conserve both biodiversity and fisheries, and could help to replenish the seas." ... Thomp?son-CSF announced the rebranding of its global operations to Thales. The company made the switch after finding that the former corporate identity no longer reflected the reality of the group, which at the time had half of its business outside France.




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