Sunday, April 1, 2018

This Week in Science History: Oceanography Museum

Article Written By: Teresa Marotta


On March 29 1910, the world's largest oceanographic museum was opened in Monaco. The museum overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and was established through the generosity of Prince Albert I of Monaco who had a passion for oceanography. The museum holds more than 6000 specimens and had more than 665,000 visitors in 2015.
Oceanography is the study of marine life and ecosystems, ocean circulation, plate tectonics, the geology of the seafloor, and the chemical and physical properties of the ocean. Some disciplines within oceanography include: biological oceanography (study of plants and animals in the marine environment), chemical oceanography (study of the composition of seawater and its processes), geological oceanography (study of the ocean floor), and physical oceanography (study of the physical conditions and processes within the ocean).

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