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USGS Helps Celebrate the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary



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Visitors enjoyed interactive U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) displays at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Celebration held May 17, 2014, on the municipal wharf in Santa Cruz, California. The family-oriented Sanctuary Celebration was one of a series of events marking the wharf’s 100th year. Among the many offerings were live music, arts and crafts, bird spotting, a boat-building demonstration, a treasure hunt for kids, and numerous informational booths.

Kurt Rosenberger shows a young visitor how a current meter works
Above: Kurt Rosenberger shows a young visitor how a current meter (suspended in tank) measures the speed and direction of currents and displays the readings on a monitor (right). USGS photograph by Helen Gibbons. [larger version]

The event opened with remarks from several dignitaries, including Leon Panetta, who was instrumental in establishing the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary when he served as Representative of California’s 16th Congressional District, which at that time encompassed coastal communities around Monterey Bay. Panetta called this achievement one of the greatest highlights in his long career as a lawmaker. Established in 1992, the sanctuary has a shoreline length of 444 kilometers (276 miles) and an area of 15,783 square kilometers (6,093 square miles) of ocean, making it larger than Yellowstone National Park.

Mary McGann helps visitors prepare to observe foraminifera
Above: Mary McGann (right) helps visitors prepare to observe foraminifera (single-celled marine organisms) through a microscope while a couple (rear left) watch a virtual “flyover” of the seafloor off the central California coast. USGS photograph by Helen Gibbons. [larger version]

As part of the celebration, the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center hosted a booth where visitors could:

  • create water currents in a large tank and watch how they move sediment and affect the readings from a current meter (presented by oceanographer Kurt Rosenberger),
  • observe single-celled marine organisms called foraminifera through microscopes and learn how they are used to date seafloor sediments and study climate change (presented by micropaleontologist Mary McGann), and
  • view a three-part movie compiled by geographer Nadine Golden and intern Parker Allwardt featuring rare observations of submarine turbidity currents in Monterey Canyon (produced by Rosenberger), video footage of the Monterey Bay seafloor (produced by Golden), and virtual “flyovers” of seafloor terrain from north of San Francisco to Monterey Canyon (produced by physical scientist Pete Dartnell).

Scientists talk to visitors at the USGS booth
Above: Andy O’Neill (far left, back to camera) and Mary McGann (center, dark green shirt) talk to visitors at the USGS booth. USGS photograph by Helen Gibbons. [larger version]

The weather was fine, and visitors and presenters alike enjoyed the festivities. In addition to the contributors listed above, several members of the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center helped make the day a success: Helen Gibbons made exhibit labels and coordinated many of the logistical details, Sara Kaiser helped prepare name tags and handouts, and Alan Allwardt, Amy Foxgrover, Gibbons, Ann Gibbs, Andy O’Neill, and Jane Reid helped with set up, relief staffing, and tear down. Thanks to all for a fun event!


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