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Mapping the Ocean Floor

Mapping the Ocean Floor is an educational exercise for students in grades 4-6.

Google map of Oil spill and Invertebrates

The Department of Invertebrate Zoology has developed an online map that provides information about invertebrates in the National Collection from areas impacted by the oil spill. In the Gulf of Mexico, over 57,000 invertebrates (points on the map) from 5,789 distinct collecting sites from 14 MMS survey programs (point colors) have been cataloged.

Map of robotic glider’s route

This web page displays a static map of the route of the robotic underwater glider Scarlet Knight that crossed the Atlantic over the course of several months in 2009.

Map of Gulf of Mexico collection

SI Gulf Fish Collection This web page shows a static map of the localities represented by the Gulf of Mexico collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian has been collaborating with the Minerals Management Service since the 1970s to archive collections from marine surveys, resulting in more than 300,000 lots. It is estimated that the Smithsonian holds about 58% of all the publicly available specimen-based records from the Gulf of Mexico.

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Distribution Map

This web page illustrates a static map is based on electronic tagging of Atlantic Bluefin tuna from 1996 to 2007. The map provides the tuna’s eastern and western ranges, as well as highlighting its Mediterranean and Gulf of Mexico spawning waters.

Google Earth map of Curaçao

This web page displays a static Google Earth map of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean which is the site of the Smithsonian's Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP). Researchers are using a submarine to study and collect specimens from the hard-to-reach deep reefs.

Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers

This web page portrays a static map that shows the network of Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers, which include aquariums, marine science centers, and laboratories. The network creates a partnership between federal U.S. agencies and Learning Centers across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

National Marine Sanctuaries Map

National Marine Sanctuaries This web page displays a static map of The National Marine Sanctuary system is a network of 13 marine protected areas managed by NOAA. Also shown is the Papahānaumokuākea (Northwest Hawaiian Islands) Marine National Monument.

Map of Oceana’s 2011 Baltic Expedition

In 2011, Oceana researchers spent two months surveying life and conditions in the Baltic Sea. The team covered more than 7,000 nautical miles and completed more than 130 dives. The data, samples, video, and photos they gathered may inform the expansion of marine protected areas. Viewers can see some of the plants and animals the team found in links to a photo gallery of the expedition.

Map of the Archaeological Site of Hare Harbor

The Arctic Studies Center's excavation site map of Hare Harbor maps some of the community's excavated structures that archeologists have unearthed. An Inuit house, blacksmith shop, and cookhouse are among some of the excavated buildings on site.

Map of Early European Whaling Region

Whaling Region - Gulf of St. Lawrence For over a decade, scientists have been investigating an early European Whaling site in Hare Harbor, Quebec, located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Map of the Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake in Virginia during 2011

On August 23, 2011, an earthquake struck the east coast of the United States. The earthquake map shown here, generated by the U.S. Geological Survey and regional seismic network operators, shows the ground motion intensity that followed the earthquake. Maps like this are used for earthquake response, recovery, preparation, and planning.

Protected Coral Areas map

In July 2010, NOAA established these deep-sea coral habitat areas of particular concern in the U.S. Southeast Management Fisheries Council Region.

World-wide map of Deep Sea Corals

This map from NOAA and the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) shows where some of the most significant species of deep-sea corals are located.

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