US students downunder
STUDENTS from the United States spent last week in Coffs Harbour getting to know the marine diversity of the Solitary Islands Marine Park while undertaking studies at the National Marine Science Centre.
The students, from Carleton College in Minnesota, visited the National Marine Science Centre (NMSC) as part of an Australian Coastal Biogeoscience Seminar during the college's winter program.
Around 30 college students participated in the week, taking part in activities such as snorkelling and diving in the Solitary Islands Marine Park.
The NMSC's Dr Michael Rule helped co-ordinate the students' program while at the centre.
"The sub-tropical environment of Coffs Harbour is a far cry from what these students are used to in Minneso- ta where it is now midwinter and temperatures range from around minus 17 degrees to 3 degrees," Dr Rule said.
"The NMSC has world-class facilities and we're very pleased to take this opportunity to share it and the wonderful Coffs Harbour area with international students."