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Ellen Browning Scripps Pier

Scripps Pier

About named building

The Scripps Pier is named for the most significant donor to the institution in its formative years, Ellen Browning Scripps. Data about ocean conditions and plankton have been taken from off the pier continuously since 1916 and provide an unparalleled source of information on the coastal Pacific Ocean. In the 1940s the aquarium curator fished from the old pier to catch specimens for display. Small boats can be launched from the end of the pier for projects in the kelp beds and the Scripps and La Jolla submarine canyons. Seawater is pumped up from the pier, then filtered and stored in holding tanks, providing a supply of fresh seawater to Scripps laboratories and aquariums, including the tanks in the Birch Aquarium at Scripps.


Naming Type: Donor
Building Location: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Date Constructed: January 1, 1999
Predominant Use: Laboratory/Research
Floors or Levels: 1 Floor
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Scripps Pier


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