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Commemorative Geodetic Marker Placed at Cape Disappointment

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will participate in the United States Mint’s launch of the “Ocean in View” nickel by unveiling a commemorative geodetic marker featuring the design of the new nickel. A dedication of the marker will take place in a ceremony today at Cape Disappointment State Park near Ilwaco, Wash.

“The ‘Ocean in View’ geodetic marker commemorates a significant moment in American history,” said James R. Walpole, NOAA general counsel. “This marker will have exact coordinates, assisting hikers and outdoor enthusiasts in navigation and finding specific destinations using handheld global positioning system equipment.”

The last nickel in its Westward Journey Series, the “Ocean in View” nickel design commemorates Lewis & Clarks completion of their mission, depicting the dramatic coastal landscape where they reached the Pacific Ocean in November 1805. The nickel features the inscription “Ocean in view! O! The Joy!,” which reflects a journal entry by Clark.

Each commemorative marker is located using a Global Positioning System device. The coordinates derived are a part of the National Spatial Reference System, which serves as the nation’s geodetic reference framework for latitude, longitude and elevation. The National Geodetic Survey establishes and maintains National Spatial Reference System, providing the foundation for transportation and communication systems, boundary and property surveys, land record systems, mapping and charting, and a multitude of scientific and engineering applications.

Scientists from the NOAA National Geodetic Survey will set the marker at Cape Disappointment State Park, a park of the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks, managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. The nickel and marker are part of an ongoing celebration to commemorate the bicentennials of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

The NOAA Oceans and Coasts Service is dedicated to exploring, understanding, conserving and restoring the nation’s coasts and oceans. The National Ocean Service balances environmental protection with economic prosperity in fulfilling its mission of promoting safe navigation, supporting coastal communities, sustaining coastal habitats and mitigating coastal hazards.

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with our federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global Earth observation network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

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