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Porthole to the Oceans

Oceans and lakes make up the greatest percentage of the earths surface. Oceans and lakes also happen to be the places most people sail and all people boat. There are some who do sail over the land but you have to be in a boat of some type , be it power or sail, if you are on or under the water.

The sites below will give you some links to other websites dealing with the waters of the Earth.


Office of Naval Research - See how the Navy is interested in the Oceans of the worl. Real good sound and scientific information. Scripps Institute of Oceanography - one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for ocean and earth science research, education, and public service in the world.
NASA Oceanography - NASA is not just concerned with Space. This link will take you to their interests in the oceans of the world. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)- WHOI is the world's largest private, nonprofit ocean research, engineering and education organization
Society for Ocean Science - Dedicated to promoting preservation and an appreciation of marine environments through education, research and conservation. Marine Biology Orgainzation - Odyssey Expeditions Tropical Marine Biology Voyages offers educational adventure programs for high school and college students aboard sailing catamarans in the British Virgin Islands and Windward Islands (St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Martinique, Dominica).
NOAA - National Oceanographic Data Center - The National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) is to provide scientific stewardship of national and international marine environmental and ecosystem data and information. NOAA - Gulf of Mexico
NOAA Extreme Weather Sheets - Provides links to PDF format sheets containing Contact information, facts, and information for individual states for use in extreme weather conditions. NEW!! Matthias Tomczak's Oceanography Web Site - Contains lectures and presentations on Oceanography from Flinders University of South Australia
Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) - Provides users with search capabilities access to marine species datasets from all of the World's oceans. Good Information source.  




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