Ocean and Earth Day
Ocean and Earth Day is taking place at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (through Dock Gate 4).
Saturday 23 March 2013
10:30am to 4:00pm (last admission 3:30pm)
The oceans cover almost three-quarters of the Earth’s surface, yet little more than one percent of the deep ocean floor has been explored in detail: we know more about the surface of Mars than the areas of our planet that lie far beneath our seas.
The National Oceanography Centre works with its partners, including University of Southampton Ocean and Earth Science, to uncover the mysteries of this fascinating and difficult to reach environment.
Our scientists and engineers carry out the research, sail the ships and build the amazing machines that help us understand the oceans’ role in climate change. They use sophisticated tools and techniques to monitor and predict global sea level, understand how waves and currents work, discover new species of amazing marine life, and film astonishing deep-sea features, like underwater volcanoes.
Visitors to Ocean & Earth Day will get the chance to go aboard a working research vessel, operate an underwater vehicle, visit the aquarium, take a closer look at fossils and sealife and listen to fascinating and informative talks. Most of the activities are hands-on and suitable for people of all ages.
The centre’s cafeteria, with great views across the working port, will be open throughout the event for refreshments.
There is limited parking on site, and visitors who walk, cycle or use public transport will be entered into a free prize draw.
All events are free of charge and there is no need to pre-book.
Please visit the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton website for travel information.
There will also be an opportunity to enter a competition to win a variety of exciting prizes.