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A sneak preview of divers who brave Oregon's notoriously dark, cold and turbulent ocean.

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Divers brave Oregon's notoriously dark, cold and turbulent ocean. We take you along to see an amazing world of life and beauty off the coast as divers explore for science.

And then witness the beauty and meaning behind the Japanese observance of Hanami or "cherry-blossom viewing".

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For 28 years, Oregon Field Guide has been OPB’s weekly TV news magazine exploring the ecological issues, natural wonders and outdoor recreation of the Northwest.


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Field Guide takes you behind the scenes as we head into the Oregon wilderness in search of a hidden geologic wonder.

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Additional Support Provided By: the Coit Family Foundation, Fred and Clara Dolen Charitable Foundation, Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird, Christine and David Vernier, and the Greenfield/Hartline Habitat Conservation Fund of the Nature Conservancy.

Special thanks for support by: The Roundhouse Foundation, Jon and Nancy Decherd, Bonnie and Peter Reagan