Dive and Discover is...
an interactive distance learning Web site
designed to immerse you in the excitement of discovery and exploration
of the deep seafloor. Dive and Discover brings you right on board
a series of research cruises around the globe,
and gives you access to the latest oceanographic and deep submergence
research as it happens!
Be at the front line of scientific inquiry and join
scientists—geologists, geophysicists, chemists and biologists—who are exploring the seafloor and making amazing deep-sea discoveries.
Daily updates, photos, videos, and e-mail correspondence with scientists
aboard research vessels allow you to follow the progress of the
scientific mission and find out about life on the floating laboratories
Hole Oceanographic Institution
In 1927, a National Academy of Sciences committee
concluded that it was time to "consider the share of the
United States of America in a worldwide program of oceanographic
The committee's recommendation for establishing
a permanent independent research laboratory on the East Coast to "prosecute
oceanography in all its branches" led to the founding in 1930
of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
A $3 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation supported the
summer work of a dozen scientists, construction of a laboratory
building and commissioning of a research vessel, the 142-foot ketch
Atlantis, whose profile still forms the Institution's logo.
WHOI grew substantially to support significant defense-related
research during World War II, and later began a steady growth in
staff, research fleet, and scientific stature. Over the years,
WHOI scientists have made discoveries about the ocean that have
contributed to improving our commerce, health, national security,
and quality of life. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is
a private, independent, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to
research and higher education at the frontiers of ocean science.
Its primary mission is to develop and effectively
communicate a fundamental understanding of the processes and characteristics
governing how the oceans function and how they interact with the
Earth as a whole. It is the goal of the Institution to be a world
leader in advancing and communicating a basic understanding of
the oceans and their decisive role in addressing global questions.
For more information: www.whoi.edu
For more information regarding the Dive and Discover
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created
by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the
national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With
an annual budget of about $5.5 billion, they are the funding source for approximately
20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's
colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science
and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.
For more information: www.nsf.gov