“NOAA officials say they’re following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and the nation’s pioneering astronauts.
The undertaking is “fairly audacious,” as one top official described it. But the work is already underway, with roughly 40% of the EEZ mapped in recent years. The zone covers more than 13,000 miles of coastline and 3.4 million square nautical miles of ocean.”
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