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July 2013 Issue

25 Years Ago 1988. Secretary of Defense Frank C. Carlucci announced that RAdm. Peter M. Hekman Jr. was nominated as commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command. ... A group of archaeobacteria was discovered by a German researcher in hot springs in the Mediterranean. The microbes represented a previously unknown evolutionary line. ... A NOAA-supported team of scientists completed a three-week coral reef study in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The researchers reported new evidence of how corals react to light.

15 Years Ago 1998. NOAA released the second report in a series outlining issues affecting the future of oceans and the nation’s economic and environmental future. ... Seismologists for the first time captured detailed images of the deep underground processes that give birth to most of magma’s new surface along midocean ridges where the seafloor pulls apart. ... Climatologists funded by the National Science Foundation reconstructed global temperatures over the past 600 years and determined that 1997, 1995 and 1990 were the warmest years since at least 1400 A.D. The researchers estimated temperatures over more than half the globe’s surface.

10 Years Ago 2003. An organization was founded to integrate the expertise of retired scientists with the technical needs of industry and academia. The mission of the Retired Scientists Cooperative was to tap the members’ skills to create opportunities in scientific disciplines and employment sectors. ... Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman tendered her resignation. Her main reason for leaving was to be closer to her family in New Jersey. ... NOAA’s National Ocean Service issued final guidelines for the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation program, which was established to help protect estuaries and coastal lands that are important to the nation’s environment, economy and communities.


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