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June 2014 Issue

25 Years Ago 1989.Offshore exploration and development activities throughout the North Sea were able to be positioned on a real-time basis from a single positioning system for the first time to accuracies of 10 meters, with extension of the DiffStar differential GPS service. ... In the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez disaster, then Secretary of Transportation Samuel Skinner testified that the oil spill contingency plan for Alaska’s Prince William Sound was inadequate. ... Research supported by the National Science Foundation led to a process for depositing thin films of superconducting material directly onto substrates.


15 Years Ago 1999. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D-S.C.) made a third attempt at introducing legislation about national ocean policy and the creation of an ocean commission. ... A $91 million contract was awarded to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (Boulder, Colorado) to develop a suite of satellite instruments that will improve the accuracy of earth’s ozone measurements. ... After six months of public debate, the Commerce Department’s National Marine Fisheries Service issued a set of plans to rebuild Atlantic stocks of migratory fish. The documents included input from commercial fishermen, recreational anglers and environmental organizations.


10 Years Ago 2004. The ultradeep, semisubmersible Deepwater Nautilus team accomplished the world’s deepest subsea completion while working on a project in the Gulf of Mexico at 7,570 feet of water. ... Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Marine Biological Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology joined together to form the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health. ... According to new research led by a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, plankton appeared to play a major role in regulating the global climate system. The scientists conducted research in the Sargasso Sea.


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