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Ocean Affairs

Law of the Sea

U.S.-Canada Fourth Joint Mission To Map the Continental Shelf in the Arctic Ocean Views of the U.S.-Canada fourth joint mission to map the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean in August and September 2011. The 2011 joint mission employed the flagship icebreaker from each country, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy and the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent (LSSL), with each ship performing different functions and one ship breaking ice for the other.[State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Maritime Security

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter guards a marine port. August 2003. [Pixaby]

Marine Environment

Pearl and Hermes Atoll lies about 216 nautical miles (400 km) east-southeast of Midway Atoll and approximately 1,080 nautical miles (2,000 km) northwest of Honolulu. It is a huge oval coral reef within several internal reefs. It is the second largest (about 1,166 km2 to depths of 100 meters) among the six atolls in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. (Original source and more information: NOAA National Ocean Service Image Gallery)

Marine Science

U.S. Department of State Flickr, Scientists analyze microscopic ocean organisms during a Foreign Press Center Tour to Norfolk, VA. July 2016

Polar Affairs

A polar bear roams the Arctic tundra. November 2013. [Pixaby]

Arctic Region

Emperor Penguins guide their young across the frozen tundra of Antarctica. October 2008 [Pixaby]

Antarctic Region

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