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Lecture in Newport to explore the oceans at the top of the world, Aug. 3

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NARRAGANSETT, RI -- July 22, 2004 -- A century has passed since Fridtjof Nansen set sail aboard the Fram on a daring and historic expedition to the Arctic Ocean. Since that time scientists have braved the harsh elements to learn the secrets of the ocean at the top of the world.

The URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) and the Naval War College Foundation invite the public to a multi-media presentation of “On Top of the World: Arctic Ocean Explorations,” given by GSO geochemical oceanographer Dr. S. Bradley Moran. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, August 3, at 7 p.m. in Spruance Auditorium at the Naval War College in Newport. Science exhibits will be on view in the auditorium lobby prior to the lecture.

The research conducted during the Fram’s voyage in the ice more than 100 years ago laid the foundation for modern oceanographic exploration of the Arctic. The extreme temperature and ice conditions continue to make it inherently difficult to conduct field studies, and as a result, the central Arctic is the least sampled ocean basin—though very likely the most climatically sensitive.

Over the past decade, Dr. Bradley Moran has been engaged in several major research projects in the central Arctic Ocean, adjacent seas, and rivers. In his colorful presentation Moran will describe the remarkable findings of Nansen’s landmark expedition as well as subsequent explorations of the most remote region of the northern hemisphere, as well as the challenges and rewards of studying one of the most dynamic oceans on the planet.

The oceanographer who came in from the cold, Moran is an internationally known marine geochemist. He has conducted field studies in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and along coastal Rhode Island. His work in the Arctic earned him an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 1996.

This summer series is co-sponsored by the Naval War College Foundation through the generosity of the Colonel John A. and Eileen F. Carr Fund and the URI Graduate School of Oceanography.

Due to limited seating, reservations are required. To order free tickets, call the URI Graduate School of Oceanography at (401) 874-6642.