This report is in response to a request from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Trustee Council to review the Gulf of Alaska Ecosystem Monitoring and
Research Program (GEM). To ensure that the GEM program is based on a
science plan that is robust, far-reaching, and scientifically sound, the
Trustee Council asked the National Academies to serve as an independent
advisor. The Academies appointed a special committee and charged
it to review the scope and content of the program as it evolved.
Earth Science is made up of many diﬀerent areas of geological study. Since
the Earth contains everything from clouds (meteorology) and oceans (marine
biology) to fossils (paleontology) and earthquakes (geology/plate tectonics),
there is a lot to choose from!
The Pacific Ocean isn’t just the deepest and largest ocean.
It is also home to one of the world’s most amazing natural
wonders: the Great Barrier Reef. Located off of the
northeastern coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef
is 210 separate coral reefs that stretch for more
than 1,260 miles (2,028 kilometers) around
northern Australia. Th e Great Barrier Reef is
full of some of the most amazing, beautiful, and
deadly sea creatures on the planet, including the
Irukandji jellyfi sh and the great white shark....
"Prophecy is the science of being able to sense the casual influences or vibrations governing the person or subject on which the consciousness is centered, and knowing the purport or meaning of these influences. To the non-sensitive this has no existence, and he must judge the future by surface effects entirely--his knowledge of human character or of the subject to which he is devoted.