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Marie Tharp: an inspiration for the past, present and future!

Marie Tharp: an inspiration for the past, present and future!

Today marks the centennial of the birth of Marie Tharp, the person responsible for creating the first map of our planet’s ocean floors. Though her work was underappreciated at the time of its publication – mainly because she faced many significant barriers due to her gender – her maps ended up being instrumental evidence in support of the theory of plate tectonics. Marie herself ...[Read More]

Imaggeo On Monday: Sunset in the Arabian basin

Imaggeo On Monday: Sunset in the Arabian basin

We know the topography of the moon better than the Earth’s seafloor, so we need to keep studying the ocean, and, for me, going to sea is the best way.   Only twenty percent of the seafloor is already mapped (see the Seabed 2030 Project), leaving eighty percent of our ocean unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored. This is why ocean going research is fundamental, not only for seabed mapping, ...[Read More]

GeoTalk: Hali Felt, author of ‘Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor’

GeoTalk: Hali Felt, author of ‘Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor’

This month for GeoTalk, as we approach the centennial of Marie Tharp’s birth next week, we were lucky enough to speak with the author of her biography ‘Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor‘; Hali Felt. Hali has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa and has completed residencies at MacDowell, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecolog ...[Read More]

All at sea: UK women’s experiences of female leadership roles on ocean-going research vessels

All at sea: UK women’s experiences of female leadership roles on ocean-going research vessels

As I read the abstract of ‘Women in UK Ocean Science: Experiences of female leadership roles at sea’ by Katharine Hendry et al., it reminds me my own experience at sea! Indeed, more than one year ago, I had the chance to join the IODP Exp 379 in the Amundsen Sea (Antarctica) which was co-led by a woman, Julia Wellner from the University of Houston. It was her first IODP (International ...[Read More]