As oceanographers celebrate the 100th birthday of Marie Tharp, a pioneering Columbia University seafloor mapper, Andy Revkin explores the storytelling power of cartography with Vicki Ferrini, senior research scientist at the Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and Dawn Wright, the chief scientist at the global data giant ESRI and a veteran ocean explorer.
Marie Tharp would be 100 on July 30 and the Earth Institute is honoring her life and legacy all week.
The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory was established in 1949, and has a long history of assembling data to create global ocean maps. Pioneering work done there by Marie Tharp and Bruce Heezen in the 1950s and 1960s yielded the first detailed maps of the ocean floor. These maps were instrumental in revolutionary scientific advances related to mid-ocean ridges and plate tectonics.
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