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Science  03 Jan 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5296, pp. 26
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5296.26

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Ashland, Oregon—Deep-sea oceanography was once supported by several different agencies, but the National Science Foundation (NSF) now finds itself funding the lion's share of research in everything from the geochemistry of deep-sea vents to the development of new undersea robotic craft. Last month, NSF's Marine Geology and Geosciences program invited about 40 marine researchers to a gloves-off workshop to discuss future directions. They got an emotional response. Researchers offered ideas ranging from more interdisciplinary research to better public relations, but if there was one single theme it was this: hard choices lie ahead.