Must Own a Poster of This

xkcd yesterday brought one of the spectacular pieces of illustration ever seen on the internet, Lakes and Oceans.  This glorious piece of art features depths of the world’s lakes and oceans as well as the homes of David Bowie and Freddy Mercury.  Some of the xkcd illustrations and cartoons make it too posters.  Well Jarrett Byrnes and I have decided we want posters. And we know you want them too.  So DSN is starting a write-in campaign to [email protected]

Thanks to the many people who brought this too my attention including Roy Plotnick and Chris Shields.

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

9 comments on “Must Own a Poster of This
  1. Great poster, but the use of “Fun Fact” for a fact about 3 tragedies that killed over 1300 people seems a bit insensitive. Maybe he could have used something like “Interesting Fact”? Sorry, just bothers me.

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