The Ocean Floor

April 13, 2008
What We Know and How We Know It

Featuring

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Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Adjunct Senior Research Scientist
Adjunct Senior Research Scientist
Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

Immense pressure, near-freezing temperatures, no light, no air -- the ocean floor is an alien and hostile world to us surfacedwelling creatures. But we’re curious, enterprising and bold. For 200 years we’ve measured the ocean’s depth to reveal seascapes that become more intriguing with each advance in technology. This lecture will trace the how-and-why of our quest for knowledge of the ocean floor, and will showcase images and facts from the latest in mapping and sampling of the 70% of Earth that is covered by water.

This lecture is sponsored by the Lamont-Doherty Alumni Association as part of the Public Lecture Series