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The public can tour the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes for free throughout the summer for a behind-the-scenes look at marine science.

Lewes tours

Public can tour UD's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes this summer


1:57 p.m., May 18, 2012--The University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) is offering free guided tours of the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes throughout the summer, providing a firsthand look at marine science.

Tours typically begin with a 20-minute video showcasing ways that CEOE researchers and students are exploring the planet, identifying problems and developing solutions. Guides then take groups on a walking tour of the facilities, which include scientific laboratories, research ships and a 2-megawatt wind turbine powering campus facilities.

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Touring groups experience the multi-screen 3-D Google Earth display, demonstrating how scientists use satellites, surface monitors and underwater robots to study oceans. Exhibits show how researchers study extreme environments such as the frigid, ice-covered ecosystems of the Antarctic and the super-heated hydrothermal vents of the ocean floor.

A coral reef tank introduces visitors to issues of ocean warming and acidification, while newly installed aquaria illustrate habitats and marine life in Delaware Bay. Other local topics include horseshoe crabs, invasive species and oyster restoration projects.

Tours also visit a large greenhouse where scientists are investigating salt marsh plants that can withstand rising sea levels and filter land-based pollution before it enters waterways.

Tours begin at 10 a.m. on Fridays in June and on both Tuesdays and Fridays in July, August and early September. For reservations, call 302-645-4346 or e-mail

Article by Teresa Messmore
Photo by Lisa Tossey

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