NOAA Hosts Renowned
Explorer Robert Ballard During Visit to Thunder Bay National
Marine Sanctuary/underwater Preserve
Undersea exploerer Robert
Ballard is slated to visit Alpena, Michigan in conjunction
with the Institute for
Exploration's shipwreck mapping survey in the Commerce
Department's National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration Thunder
Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve.
During his stay in Alpena, Ballard will
also meet with a group of Alpena and Alcona high school students
on the R/V Lake Guardian,
the 180-foot U. S. Environmental
Protection Agency vessel used to conduct the mapping survey
of the sanctuary/preserve. Ballard will introduce the students
to underwater technology and NOAA and EPA personnel will discuss
Great Lakes research efforts. This event will follow the media
session, and reporters will have an opportunity to take photos
of the students during this educational event.
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m
World-renowned underwater explorer and Titanic
discoverer Robert Ballard will be available for interviews.
The R/V Lake Guardian will be open to the public from
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for tours.
Ballard will present a slide show at the Alpena
Community College Auditorium highlighting his deepwater expeditions
around the world. (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
Friday, June 22, 2001
12:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
145 Water Street
On the R/V Lake Guardian,
docked behind the Sanctuary/Preserve office
Robert Ballard, undersea explorer, author and CEO of the Institute for Exploration
Ballard, founder and president of IFE,
has been involved in numerous high-profile maritime archaeological
expeditions including the discovery of the Titanic. He
is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.
The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
and Underwater Preserve was designated
in October 2000 to protect a nationally significant collection
of underwater cultural
The mission of the National Marine Sanctuary
System is to conserve, protect, and enhance the biodiversity,
ecological integrity, and cultural legacy of special places in
America's oceans and Great Lakes. The National Marine Sanctuary
System is managed by NOAA's National Ocean Service.
For updates on the Thunder Bay exploration
activities, visit http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/glsr/thunderbay/
Or for more information on the National
Marine Sanctuary System, visit http://sanctuaries.nos.noaa.gov/