A graphic showing newly discovered underwater paleochannels off of Wilmington, North Carolina shown at 4-meter resolution

Possible Ancient River System Discovered off Wilmington, North Carolina

4/15/2024 - By noaacoastsurvey. During the 2023 field season, NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler was tasked with surveying an area offshore of Wilmington, North Carolina, in the vicinity of Frying Pan Shoals—a dynamic area of dangerously shallow waters. While scientists and crew conducted mapping surveys of the seafloor, they discovered what is believed to… SEE MORE
Wreck of the schooner Galinipper, Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary's oldest known shipwreck. Image: Becky Schott / Liquid Productions

Shipwrecks: New Study Opens Window to Cultural Past in Great Lakes Sanctuary

3/4/2024 - By santuaries.noaa.gov. While shipwrecks are often the primary focus of maritime heritage preservation in America’s Great Lakes national marine sanctuaries, a recent two-part maritime cultural landscape study of the 962-square-mile Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary reveals that shipwrecks only tell part of the story of human connections to the natural environment… SEE MORE
Shipwreck by Wikkicommons

Tidal Power’s Fickle Future

5/19/2023 - By oceangrafixblog.wordpress.com Aided by remote “drone” divers and advances in sonar, more ancient shipwrecks are being discovered. Sometimes salvage operations recover whole vessels and their entire bounty. But until recently, scientists knew little about the actual passengers and crew. Now, a new method of DNA testing is making it possible… SEE MORE
Summer in the Greenland coast circa the year 1000 by Carl Rasmussen (1875) by WikiCommons.

Did rising seas drive Vikings out of Greenland?

5/16/2023 - By news.harvard.edu. Vikings occupied Greenland from about 985 to 1450 A.D., farming and building communities before they abruptly abandoned their settlements. Why they disappeared has long been a puzzle, but a new paper from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences determines that one factor — rising sea level — likely played… SEE MORE
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This Arctic Ichthyosaur Should Not Exist

4/2/2023 - By atlasobscura.com. A marine reptile fossil from Svalbard challenges ideas about evolution and Earth’s greatest mass extinction. Australian-born Benjamin Kear is a hunter of the High Arctic. With colleague and friend Jørn Hurum, he chose a quarry, and set off across the treeless expanse of Norway’s Spitsbergen, part of the… SEE MORE
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Frozen in Time: National Marine Sanctuary Researchers Discover Lost Shipwreck Ironton

3/7/2023 - By noaa.gov Researchers from NOAA, the state of Michigan, and Ocean Exploration Trust have discovered an intact shipwreck resting hundreds of feet below the surface of Lake Huron. Located within NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the shipwreck has been identified as the sailing ship Ironton. Magnificently preserved by the… SEE MORE
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History of Coast Survey

2/17/2023 - By  noaa.gov The Nation's First Scientific Agency [caption id="attachment_44755" align="alignnone" width="512"] U.S._Coast_and_Geodetic_Survey_J_6_1950_Paia_HI via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] On February 10, 1807, President Thomas Jefferson signed "An Act to provide for surveying the coasts of the United States." The effort experienced some growing pains in the early years. Ferdinand Hassler, who was eventually… SEE MORE