Marine Science also called Oceanography , is the branch of Earth science that studies the ocean. It covers a wide range of topics, including marine organisms and ecosystem dynamics; ocean currents, waves, and geophysical fluid dynamics; plate tectonics and the geology of the sea floor; and fluxes of various chemical substances and physical properties within the ocean and across its boundaries.

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Marine research and environmental education agency that conducts whale research trips to Alaska. Visit
A nonprofit organization that publishes educational materials for the natural sciences over the Internet, free for public use. Visit
Independent scientific institution, founded in 1888, that undertakes the highest level of creative research and education in biology, including the biomedical and environmental sciences. Visit
Nonprofit organization dedicated to safeguarding life in the sea by advancing the multidisciplinary science of marine conservation biology. Visit
NOAA provides timely and precise weather, water, and climate forecasts, as well as monitors the environment and examines changes in the oceans. Visit
The International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) is an association of individuals and organizations ...
Visit the Bridge Blog to discuss ocean science and ocean science education. Contact NMEA. National Marine Educators Association P.O. Box 1470 ... Visit
Promotes the study of marine invertebrate taxonomy in southern California and development of a regionally standardized taxonomy. Visit
Offers marine science, environmental education, and maritime history programs. Visit
Foundation focused on aquatic research, education, and shipwreck expeditions. Visit
Speaks for fish and the environments they depend upon for survival. Visit