History

Do Ancient Shipwrecks Stand a Chance?
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Fishing trawlers are destroying ancient shipwreck sites.

Stars, Stripes, and Palm Trees
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How the humble postage stamp played a part in the Americanization of Hawai‘i.

Book Review: Ed Ricketts from Cannery Row to Sitka, Alaska
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Writers, relatives, and biologists reflect on the words and work of an iconic coastal character.

Ticked Off on Martha’s Vineyard
Features

Forget rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, you’re more likely to get Lyme disease on the island.

Art and Accounting in the Age of Whaling
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Hand-carved stamps helped whalers keep track of their catches and assess the success of their voyages.

The Little Man Who Soared
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On Haida Gwaii, indigenous artists carved portraits of the strange newcomers who landed on their shores.

Old Coast, New Coast: Rio de Janeiro
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Botafogo Bay, a cornerstone of Rio since early colonial days, still looks lovely on the surface. The lead up to the 2016 Summer Olympics, however...

Rio, the Olympics, and Broken Promises
Features

Before the games even begin in Brazil’s most famous coastal city, there are winners and losers.

Sea(side) Horses
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These breeds owe their unique features to their coastal lifestyles.

Bottoms Up
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After years on the ocean floor, these five salvaged beverages were still drinkable—for better or for worse.

In Australia, Flooding Is Already on the Rise
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A new analysis shows flooding in southeastern Australia has nearly doubled since 1860. 

Meals on Keels
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Throughout history, dining at sea has called for creativity and a strong stomach.

The Museum at the End of the World
Features

Natalie Goodall built a museum for rare marine mammals in one of the world’s least likely places for a scientific institution.

Racism and the Race to the North Pole
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Once overlooked by white Americans, African American Arctic explorer Matthew Henson made an unforgettable impression on the Greenlandic Inuit.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Mask, It’s Puffin Man!
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The past and future are in full flower on Kodiak Island as an indigenous culture reclaims its artistic roots.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Filipino Fishers Recount the Region’s Disappearing Species
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Interviews with fishers reveal a long-term record of species change. 

Twilight for the Sawfish
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In West Africa, the sawfish was once a source of cultural pride and power. What happens to traditional African cultures as it disappears? 

Sperm Whales Have an “Eve”
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New research reveals that every sperm whale in the world can be traced to a single female.

The Enduring Legacy of Josephine Tilden
Features

The trailblazing botanist established the Minnesota Seaside Station, on Vancouver Island’s Botanical Beach, and inspired generations of female...

A Coral Disease’s History, Discovered in a 19th-Century Encyclopedia
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New research proves mothers-in-law don’t always give useless gifts.

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