Thursday, June 08, 2006
By Dale Kingon
Scientists from the prestigious U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, MA and Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve began mapping the floor of the Apalachicola Bay Friday in a month-long effort to better understand the underwater make-up of the bay.
The two-year project, in its second year, is spending more than $450,000, funded through the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Research Center, to understand the water depth (bathymetry), sea floor type (geology) and the extent or acreage of oyster beds in the bay.
Scientists will use a variety of data collection products and techniques while mapping the Apalachicola Bay, St. George Sound and the St. Vincent Sound. East Bay will not be mapped during this project.
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