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Pat Shingleton: "Card Dealing in the Gulf of Mexico"

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Posted: Jan 13, 2014 5:50 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Drift Cards. Gulf of Mexico. Research Consortium

Last April, Piers Chapman unloaded a bunch of cards into the Gulf of Mexico. The deployment of 5,000 biodegradable cards was for a good cause as part of the Gulf Integrated Research Consortium. They're called "drift cards;" used to better understand ocean currents. Into 2014, additional cards will be released and are imprinted with contact information, instructing finders to report the location where they were found. The bright yellow cards were scattered into the Gulf, carried on the currents with hopes that 20% of them will be transported to the shore, found and returned. About the size of an index card, they drift on the surface, moved by wind and current. Finders have a chance to win a $25 gift card and 40 have now been retrieved.

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