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June 2015 Issue

25 Years Ago 1990. Dr. Sylvia Alice Earle was tapped by the White House to replace Dr. Melvin N.A. Peterson at NOAA. Earle is known as one of underwater exploration’s record holders. ... A study predicted that populations in U.S. coastal counties would grow from 19 to 23 percent in the Southeast, Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Coast regions within 20 years. The report described patterns in size, distribution and density of coastal populations. ... Poor production yields from young, unconsolidated sands ended the promise of the first floating production technology application in the Gulf of Mexico. The project was abandoned after 18 months.

15 Years Ago 2000. Geological research suggested that landslides on the Outer Continental Shelf and slope along the Mid-Atlantic coast could have the potential to trigger tsunamis that might have devastating effects on populated coastal areas. ... U.S. Commerce Secretary William M. Daley praised the decision of U.S. President Clinton, Secretary of Defense William Cohen and the Interagency GPS Executive Board to improve the accuracy of GPS for civilian users by deactivating the selective availability feature. ... The Fisheries Recovery Act of 2000—legislation to preserve and restore U.S. ocean fisheries by addressing bycatch, overfishing and loss of habitat—was introduced by Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest (R-Md.).

10 Years Ago 2005. NASA launched the NOAA polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite, part of the development of the global Earth-observation program. The spacecraft, NOAA-N, was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. ... U.S. Customs and Border Protection implemented enhanced security procedures for small boats arriving in the U.S. from Canada. ... Cadmium was found to have a biological use as a nutrient in the ocean. Scientists discovered cadmium within an enzyme from a marine diatom. This suggests that certain trace metals are utilized by enzymes.


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