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On Board the Rachel Carson

Picture by: Michael Hulme, Solomons, Maryland Picture taken on: July 22nd, 2011

Tags: chesapeake bay buoy research vessel

Recovering a physical oceanography buoy from the Chesapeake Bay while on board the R/V Rachel Carson. The 81-foot University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) research vessel expands scientists' abilities to track the pulse of the Chesapeake Bay and pays homage to one of the nation's environmental pioneers. Christened by First Lady Katie O'Malley on November 16, 2008 at the Annapolis City Dock, the Rachel Carson is a state-of-the art research platform specifically tailored to the needs of Chesapeake Bay scientists. Designed from the ground-up, the ship is large enough to transport research teams up and down the Bay's entire 184-mile length, yet runs shallow enough to allow scientists access to the smallest of critical Bay tributaries.

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