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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Symposium in Santa Cruz


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The beautiful old Coconut Grove on the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz was the site of this year's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary research symposium, Sanctuary Currents 2000, on March 18. The day was sunny and warm, and the topic was "Causes of Ecosystem Change: Natural or Human?" The answers were varied, but many came down to the sad but true realization. We humans are so large a part of the ecosystem web these days that we are, for most aspects of ecosystems, one of the fundamental if not dominant causes of change. So the issue is, how do we manage the changes well?

As in past years, the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology team's Monterey Bay Sanctuary project was a major player, with seven poster displays on a range of subjects, including seafloor geologic mapping and sediment distribution, hydrocarbon signatures and seeps, invasive micro-organism species, circulation processes, and storm effects. Keith Kvenvolden, Brian Edwards, Bruce Jaffe, Mary McGann, Curt Storlazzi, Fran Hostettler, and Steve Eittreim attended and soaked up the California surf-and-sand ambiance. Because most of the research surrounding marine sanctuaries is dominated by biologic and ecosystem studies, those geologists in attendance raised our biologic intelligence a notch before heading back over the hill to our 'geologic ivory tower.'


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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Project
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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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