Did you know about 40 percent of the nation's total population live in counties that border coastal shores? That's just one example of what you'll find on the new NOAA Office for Coastal Management website. Browse through coastal facts, find details about coastal issues in your state, and see how communities and coastal management programs are tackling the issues of today and tomorrow. See how NOAA is working to protect coastal communities.
During the Age of Sail (circa 15th to 19th centuries), these strong prevailing winds propelled ships across the Pacific, often at breakneck speed. Nevertheless, sailing west into heavy seas and strong headwinds could take weeks, especially around Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America, making it one of the most treacherous sailing passages in the world. The Roaring Forties take shape as warm air near the equator rises and moves toward the poles.
Tides are the regular rise and fall of the sea surface caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun and their position relative to the earth. There are some factors we can predict that cause the tides to be higher or lower than what is "normally" seen from day to day. Our bulletin tells you when you may experience higher than normal high tides around the nation for December 2016 through February 2017.
America's greatest museum of our past as a seafaring nation lies on the bottom of the sea and lakes in the national marine sanctuaries. There may be more than three million shipwrecks on the ocean floor, but only one percent have been discovered. These shipwrecks are often frozen in time, deep beneath the sea, waiting for scientists and archaeologists to explore and study. Curious? Let's get started! Don't miss NOAA Ocean Today's latest 'Full Moon' video series.
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