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Go Virtual Beachcombing!

A great place to visit before or after your next trip to the beach, this website is a companion to Woods Hole Sea Grant's popular Beachcomber's Companion©, the easy-to-use guide to common Atlantic coast marine invertebrates. Go virtual beachcombing on this site! Find a critter that makes you smile? Share it with a friend by sending an e-Postcard. Beachcombers can pack a beach bag with plenty of other web resources on beachcombing and marine invertebrates…just check out the links. And, while you're there, be sure to purchase a set of waterproof marine invertebrate field cards for your next trip to the shore.

Effects of Bottom Fishing on Georges Bank

In order to gain a better understanding of how bottom fishing impacts benthic organisms, researchers from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and the U.S. Geological Survey set out to survey the benthic megafaunal community of Georges Bank. This website details their studies and provides initial results indicating that these closed areas show several promising signs of recovery.

Water Cycle Game

Ever wonder where the water you're drinking came from? Where were those water molecules last? With the roll of the dice, this online game lets you simulate the journey water molecules may take as they travel within the water cycle.

Protecting Water Resources with Higher-Density Development

The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the U.S. population will grow by 50 million people, or approximately 18 percent, between 2000 and 2020. Many communities are asking where and how they can accommodate this growth while maintaining and improving their water resources. While some communities believe low-density development will best protect water resources, some water-quality experts argue that this strategy can backfire and actually harm water resources. Visit this site to download EPA's new report created to help guide communities through this debate.

Spuzzled for Kids

This site takes NOAA images and offers students the chance to put those images into the correct order while also learning more about the environmental work of the Agency. There are four spuzzles in this section: Charting and Navigation, Coasts, Oceans, and Fisheries.

Woods Hole Osprey Cam

Residents of the osprey nest located on WHOI's Quissett Campus are back! Last year we watched as a pair raised three young osprey—what will 2006 bring? Visit the site for live images via our web cam, updates, and information on previous seasons.