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March 2014 Issue

25 Years Ago 1989.
Representatives from nearly 40 organizations met in Washington, D.C., to hammer out a new education/lobbying organization. Its purpose was to have been to educate the public and federal policymakers about the importance of ocean sciences and appropriate funding. ... The first compilation of basic petroleum data for the People’s Republic of China’s sedimentary basins was published by the U.S. Geological Survey as a part of the World Energy Resources Program. ... A naturally occurring toxin from red tide algae was responsible for the death of some 740 bottlenose dolphins that had washed ashore from New Jersey to Florida.

15 Years Ago 1999.
In the second meeting of the Coral Reef Task Force, then Commerce Deputy Secretary Robert Mallett announced actions to protect the reefs, including implementing a coral reef monitoring program and promoting sustainable harvesting of traded coral reef resources. ... The then Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Delores Etter announced plans to award $19 million at 32 academic institutions to perform research in science and engineering fields important to national defense. ... A team of scientists found a high-resolution, 15,000-year record of rain-induced erosion in sediment layers of an Ecuadorian lake that indicates El Niño-like climate fluctuations became more common about 5,000 years ago.

10 Years Ago 2004.
Dr. Rita Colwell resigned as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Colwell was the third longest-serving director in NSF’s history at the time of her resignation. ... The Mariners’ Museum and NOAA completed conservation work on the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor’s 4,600-pound, cast-iron propeller. In 1998, NOAA and the U.S. Navy had recovered the propeller. ... The American Salvage Association, located in Arlington, Virginia, created an independent set of safety standards for the professional salvage industry for adoption both in the Americas and internationally.


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