Sylvia Earle, called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and “Hero for the Planet” by Time, is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration.
Earle’s work has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. Earle has led more than 50 expeditions worldwide involving more than 6,000 hours underwater. As captain of the first all-female team to live underwater, she and her fellow scientists received a ticker-tape parade and White House reception upon their return to the surface. In 1979, Sylvia Earle walked untethered on the sea floor at a lower depth than any other woman before or since. ... At present she is explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society.
Contemplating the depths of the ocean early on a Sunday morning:
|Ocean||Area (square miles)||Average Depth (ft)||Deepest depth (ft)|
|Pacific Ocean||64,186,000||15,215|| |
Mariana Trench, 36,200
|Atlantic Ocean||33,420,000||12,881|| |
Puerto Rico Trench, 28,231
|Indian Ocean||28,350,000||13,002|| |
Java Trench, 25,344
|Southern Ocean||7,848,300||13,100 - 16,400 || |
Southern South Sandwich Trench, 23,736
Eurasia Basin, 17,881 ft deep