Team from land-locked Idaho wins National Ocean Sciences Bowl

The team from Boise High School won this year’s  National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

It marked the first time a team from a state with no oceanfront or frontage on one of the Great Lakes won the ocean-centric contest.

This year’s contest focused on ocean acidification. In the Pacific Northwest, that change in ocean chemistry has likely resulted in the loss of oyster, mussel, clam, and scallop yields, as well as the decline of a species of plankton that is an important food source for many fish, birds, and whales.

No Oregon teams made the finals this year. The finals were held Thursday through Sunday in Seattle.

Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian, 5 May 2014. Article.

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