Last week, President Obama created the largest protected area anywhere on Earth by quadrupling the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument's size to 528,578 square miles. That area is larger than all the national parks combined! What are some benefits to protecting this portion of the ocean? Papahānaumokuākea is home to many endangered species, including sea turtles, whales and Hawaiian monk seals. Click here to learn more about this new marine reserve!
Coral reefs typically thrive in clear, sunlit tropical waters. However, new ocean exploration challenged that norm with the recent discovery of a reef at the silty mouth of the Amazon River. The massive amount of fresh water, including the sediment that is brought along with it, make the presence of this reef very unexpected. Check it all out here.
Check out this free event this Saturday morning. Email Hannah Giddens, our Science Programs Coordinator with any questions.
Join us this Thursday night as Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum honors the invaluable role of wartime nurses with _Angels of the Battlefield: The Unsung Heroes – a program featuring the first-hand accounts of military nurses who cared for troops injured on the frontlines.
Recently, instructors Christine Michael and Wiley Sinkus participated in the annual joint meeting of the South Carolina chapters of the Fisheries Workers Association and the American Fisheries Society. Christine and Wiley are currently students in College of Charleston’s Graduate Program in Marine Biology and work on projects involving SC DNR’S MARMAP (Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment, & Prediction) Program. Christine was awarded best poster, for her poster titled “Life History and Diet for 6 Forage Fishes Common in Reef and Nearshore Habitats of the South Atlantic Bight”. Wiley received best presentation for his talk, titled “Mercury Bioaccumulation of Six Offshore Reef Fish Species for Atlantic Waters of the Southeastern United States”. Congrats to them both!
On Tuesday, American astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after spending 1 year aboard the International Space Station. Kelly, along with Russian cosmonauts Sergey Volkov and Mikhail Kornienko touched down in Kazakstan. NASA will evaluate Kelly as they try to learn more about the effects of space on the human body, in preparation for a mission to Mars in the 2030's. During his year in space, Kelly orbited the Earth 5,440 times! Read more here!
Written by educator Charlton Brownell
Meet our science teachers on our new educator page! Click on a picture to learn fun facts about them like their favorite color, hobbies, and advice they would give to 5th graders!
Yesterday and today we filmed our live stream classes! Unable to tune in live? No problem! We will have our classes up on our website to rewatch soon. Stay tuned!