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The Outgoing President. The February National Geographic magazine covered President Barack Obama's visit to Midway Island last September to show off the 583,000-square-mile no-take zone. The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument was originally established by President George W. Bush, but has been quadrupled in size, to an area greater than all the land-based national parks combined. He was accompanied by photographer Brian Skerry, who photographed the President when he went snorkeling. The last reef check from the White House occurred in the early '90s, when Vice President Dan Quayle explored the Florida Keys with a tank on his back.

Spanish Statue Park Completed. Originally reported in Undercurrent last November, the final phase of underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor's monumental artificial-reef project Museo Atlantico in the Canary Islands is officially inaugurated on January 10th by Lanzarote's President Pedro San Gines. Comprising more than 300 works in 12 installations at Playa Blanco, completion of the project marks the first time Taylor has installed large-scale architectural as well as sculptural works. The final addition is 'The Human Gyre,' consisting of more than 200 life-sized figures of all ages and from all walks of life creating a vast circular formation. ...

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