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GLIN==> News Release: Free Screensaver on MN Sea Grant's Rebuilt Web Site



                              MN SEA GRANT
                              NEWS RELEASE
7/16/07
Contact: Marie Zhuikov, mzhuikov@umn.edu, (218) 726-7677

Free Screensaver on Minnesota Sea Grant's Rebuilt Web Site

Faster! Fresher! Friendlier! Minnesota Sea Grant's Web site (www.seagrant.umn.edu) has been updated and substantially enhanced. The sleeker site includes new information, new images, and a screensaver that visitors can download for free. Donated by Minnesota nature photographer, Chris Benson, the screensaver www.seagrant.umn.edu/superior/screensaver/ features images of Lake Superior and Duluth.

The site overhaul makes it even easier to access factual information about Lake Superior and water-related topics, such as:

-Lake Superior water levels and water quality,
-Fish in Lake Superior and VHS disease,
-Aquatic invasive species,
-Research projects funded by Minnesota Sea Grant,
-Maritime transportation, and
-Land use and coastal communities.

Tapping the strength of new technology, the site implements a shopping cart and credit card processing system, and RSS feeds to keep the public, reporters, researchers, and educators abreast of breaking news concerning Minnesota Sea Grant.

Over 700,000 computer users stopped at the Sea Grant site last year to view more than 1.8 million pages. Although the vast majority originated from the United States, people from 140 other countries accessed Minnesota Sea Grant by way of the Internet last year. Why are people flocking to this site? See for yourself at: www.seagrant.umn.edu.

Minnesota Sea Grant is a research and education program based at the University of Minnesota Duluth. It is part of the National Sea Grant Program, which supports 30 similar programs in coastal states throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Minnesota Sea Grant is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Minnesota.

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