From smooth to bumpy, how Marie Tharp changed our view of the sea floor

slide_246579_1423179_freeGive a woman some data, and she’ll change the science world. At least that’s what Marie Tharp did. A skilled cartographer, her maps showed the bottom of the ocean was not just a vast boring underwater plain, but contained bumps, ridges, mountains and trenches. And you know Marie’s really kickass when her findings incited Jacques Cousteau to go on an expedition with a giant underwater camera to disprove her. Spoiler alert: He failed and she that proved plate tectonics is actually a thing. Check out this wonderful little video narrated by oceanographer and bubble scientist Helen Czerski about geology and perseverance, both of which have incredibly long time scales.

 

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Kim is a Senior Oceanographer at Sea-Bird Scientific. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Washington in 2010. Her goal in life is to throw expensive s**t in the ocean. When not at sea, she has used observations from moored, satellite and land-based instruments to understand the pathways that wind and tidal energy take from large (internal tides) to small scales (turbulence). Her current mission is to make your oceanographic data be the best data it can be.


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