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USGS scientists at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, spoke with an estimated 300 visitors during a December 9 open house.

Adults and kids explored interactive exhibits, video and photo displays, posters, deep-sea rocks and minerals, and oceanographic equipment. Exhibits (and people) filled the lobby and entrance courtyard. “The public was excited to see what we do,” said Center Director Guy Gelfenbaum, “and many were engaged in interesting and meaningful conversations about the science.” Media coverage later that day included an article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel and a segment on KION TV’s late-night news.


A USGS employee kneels near a small, yellow, torpedo-shaped device that is hanging in front of him.
USGS hydrologist Anthony Guerriero lets a visitor spin the propeller of a current meter that, when underwater, turns according to how fast the water pushes past it. (Public domain.)
A USGS employee describes what is shown on the computer screen while visitors use a computer with a mouse.
USGS geographer Nadine Golden helps visitors to navigate around the USGS coastal and marine video and photo online “portal” or web site. (Public domain.)
Geologist Jim Hein and Physical Science Technician Kira Mizell stand with their display of seafloor minerals for an event.
Geologist Jim Hein and physical science technician Kira Mizell pose with their display on seafloor minerals.
A man and two women crouch around a table with a computer screen that one of the women is pointing to while she talks.
Visitors watched closely as Alicia Balster-Gee (in green vest) presented our research on marine geohazards in Alaska.
USGS Ocean Engineer Gerry Hatcher explains his equipment for collecting underwater video to a visitor.
USGS Ocean Engineer Gerry Hatcher explains his seafloor video equipment and techniques to a visitor.

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