Sylvia Earle's Life Aquatic

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Sylvia Earle, at the office.
Sylvia Earle, at work. (Google Earth)

She walked the ocean floor untethered deeper than any human before or since. Lived and dived and explored beneath the sea all over the world. Helped change our understanding of the watery mass and life of the Earth — and is still doing that today.

At 73, she is the driving force behind the new Google Earth Oceans feature. And she’s still diving.

This hour, On Point: Explorer Sylvia Earle on a life in the sea.

You can join the conversation. Are you a diver? A deep sea diver? What do you see going on in our oceans? What’s your question for the woman who has lived there?Guest:

Sylvia Earle is Explorer-in-Residence at National Geographic and co-author of "Ocean: An Illustrated Atlas."  She's lead advisor on the new Google Earth Ocean layer, and a 2009 TED prize recipient.  A pioneering and record-setting deep diver, she has logged over 6,000 hours underwater and led more than 50 expeditions, including the first team of women aquanauts during the 1970 Tektite Project.

More links:

Download Google Earth 5.0, and take Sylvia's Ocean Tour here.  You can also explore sea ice and pollution in near real-time with gadgets from the Google Earth Gallery.

Learn more about deepwater corals and Thunder Bay Sinkholes at NOAA Ocean Explorer.

This program aired on February 9, 2009.


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