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NOAA webcasts corals research to nation's classrooms live from undersea lab
Date:10/12/2010

The wonders of coral reefs and life thriving below the sea will be broadcast live on the Web to classrooms and communities nationwide during a NOAA science and education mission at Aquarius Reef Base, the world's only undersea research station, located within Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The 10-day mission starts today.

The mission, "Aquarius 2010: If Reefs Could Talk," is structured to help students and the public better understand their connection to the ocean and their role in helping to sustain it. During daily live webcasts from the research station, a team of scientists and educators will feature live video streams, showcase specimens, and discuss topics common to many of our national marine sanctuaries and highlight the importance of conserving our nation's underwater resources. Science program themes during this mission will include biodiversity, climate change, field science technology, and careers.

Web programs will be broadcast daily, one in English and one in Spanish, via the OceansLive.org education Web Portal. Additionally, the mission includes outreach to students in underrepresented communities as part of a NOAA and National Association of Black Scuba Divers partnership effort to increase knowledge and stewardship of the ocean, and ensure that all students have the opportunity to explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics relevant to NOAA's mission.

"People protect what they understand and love, so our goal during this mission is to help the public understand that a healthy ocean matters to all of us," said NOAA's Kate Thompson, the mission's education coordinator. "The more people we introduce to the ocean, the more we will empower citizens with the knowledge to support responsible stewardship of our ocean resources."

The Aquarius Reef Base is anchored on a sand patch 60 feet below the surface within a coral reef in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Aquarius is
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Contact: John Ewald
john.ewald@noaa.gov
240-429-6127
NOAA Headquarters
Source:Eurekalert

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