Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, at Woods Hole, Mass.; est. 1930. In addition to oceanographic research, it conducts important work in meteorology, biology, geology, and geophysics. Its facilities include laboratories and several oceangoing research vessels, including the research ship Atlantis and the submersible Alvin, which discovered the wrecks of the Titanic and Bismarck. Woods Hole is also the site of the U.S. Marine Biological Laboratory and the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Biological Laboratory and Aquarium.
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