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Chris Polloni and Glynn Williams (WHFC) led the students and teachers on a multi-stop field trip beginning at Old Silver Beach in Falmouth. Chris briefed the participants on the oil spill from the barge FLORIDA that occurred on those shores on September 4th, 1969. Due to fog on the tour day, the offshore Clevelands Ledge Light was barely visible.
The field trip then progressed to the Rinehart Coastal Research Center, where Kathy Weber (WHFC) provided a detailed description of the USGS SWASH (Surveying Wide Area Shorelines) vehicle, its capabilities, and scientific results of some of the surveys. Inside the Research Center, Keith Bradley organized a tour of Jack Whitehead's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and demonstrated the use of rotating tables in their research. Hovey Clifford provided detailed explanations of deep-sea sampling equipment that is designed, built, and deployed by the Center. John Sisson explained how the flume systems work and what experiments are performed with them.
The next stop was the U.S. Coast Guard Base-Group Woods Hole. The tour included the 110-ft patrol boat MONOMOY, the operations center and buoy yard. The students particularly enjoyed seeing the patrol boat. Lt. Jooyi Ryan spoke to them about typical search and rescue and law enforcement operations at the base.
David Radosh of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) made the Aquarium in Woods Hole available to the tour group. Anne Smrcina (NOAA, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary) and Tammy Middleton (WHFC) provided an overview of the biologic surveys and geologic mapping that are being accomplished as part of the joint NOAA/USGS research. Animals at the aquarium are representative of the populations on Stellwagen Bank.
Dr. C. Wylie Poag (WHFC) was keynote speaker that evening. Wylie described his work in documenting the existence of a bolide impact crater buried beneath Chesapeake Bay using seismic surveys and deep-sea coring systems.
The Saturday activities included several mini-seminars and exhibits focused on environmental research. More than 300 students and teachers participated in the two-day conference.
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