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USGS Participates in MarineQuest 2002


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Marci Marot shows a group of children a collection of beach sands from around the world through a reflected-light microscope
Marci Marot shows a group of children a collection of beach sands from around the world through a reflected-light microscope at MarineQuest 2002, Florida Marine Research Institute, St. Petersburg, FL.
On April 20, the USGS participated in MarineQuest 2002, the annual open house for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Florida Marine Research Institute (FMRI). FMRI is one of several research partners located along with the USGS on the St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida.

MarineQuest features outdoor displays, laboratory tours, and hands-on demonstrations focusing on FMRI's ongoing research. Activities for the kids included touch tanks of various sea creatures, face paintings, make-your-own-manatee, sand paintings, and water safety and rescue demonstrations. Chandra Dreher and Marci Marot coordinated the USGS involvement this year.

Chandra Dreher and Amanda Frick at the St. Petersburg Center for Coastal and Regional Marine Studies display table
Chandra Dreher (left) and Amanda Frick at the St. Petersburg Center for Coastal and Regional Marine Studies display table.
The USGS provided an information table and displays highlighting current research projects, such as the Tampa Bay Pilot Study and African dust research. For the future scientists, there were coloring sheets, puzzles, vibracores from the West Florida shelf to sample, and the always-popular Sands of the World display. In addition to Chandra and Marci, Jason Greenwood, Gina Peery, Chris Kellogg, and Amanda Frick volunteered time out of their weekend to answer questions, explain sampling techniques, and discuss how our research studies are benefiting the local community.

MarineQuest is one of the campus' most popular annual outreach events, enjoyed by both scientists and visitors alike; it provides scientists with an exciting opportunity to showcase their coastal and marine research efforts and to interact with the public. Approximately 1,700 people braved unseasonably warm weather to attend, and many of them expressed an eagerness to attend the USGS open house at the Center for Coastal and Regional Marine Studies (CCRMS) during Earth Science Week this fall.


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Annual Open House - Center for Coastal and Regional Marine Studies (CCRMS)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), St. Petersburg, FL
MarineQuest 2002
Florida Marine Research Institute (FMRI)
College of Marine Science
University of South Florida

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