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A 30,000 square-mile region extending from Norfolk, Virginia, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and from the Potomac and James River basins to the Atlantic seaboard has been designated by the U.S. Geological Survey as a special target for ecological analysis based on data from highaltitude aircraft and earth-orbiting satellites. Designated as CARETS (Central Atlantic Regional Ecological Test Site), the project will be directed by the USGS in cooperation with NASA and with the participation of other federal, state, and local agencies having environmental interests in the region. Included in the project are such study ‘sub-sites’ as the Chesapeake Bay, the lower James, Delaware Bay, the Coastal Barrier islands, and the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area.