Marie Tharp mapping the ocean floor — 2 books one podcast

September 15, 2016
1977 World Ocean Floor Panorama painted by artist Heinrich Berann based on research by Marie Tharp with Bruce Heezen.

1977 World Ocean Floor Panorama painted by artist Heinrich Berann based on research by Marie Tharp with Bruce Heezen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marie Tharp was a brilliant and determined woman.

She faced institutionalized discrimination against women in her field and pushed through to be a leader. Her work helped us understand our world through plate tectonics and ocean basins better. By combining  and connecting distinct research trips of transects and bathymetric profiles across the ocean, she created a whole picture view of the ocean.

Her meta-analysis resulted in maps that revealed patterns of the whole earth that explained as much above sea level as it did below in the abyss.

To celebrate her work I’m presenting two books and and interview with one of the authors.

Both of these books will enlighten you to how Marie Tharp was a pivotal influence on our consciousness about the structure of the world.

Both are well written (and for well illustrated) to bring to us the story of how she pulled information from transoceanic trips to interpolate a pattern that reinforced emerging ideas about the structure of our planet–ideas that during her life were considered revolutionary by some and derisively dismissed by others.

Geographic literacy is a topic dear to my heart and the education of children is essential, so whenever I review a book on a subject that might have a text for younger readers I will try to include it as I’ve done here.

I think you will thoroughly enjoy the details of Marie Tharp’s life and work that these authors both of these books have researched and narrated.

Book 1

Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor

Title: Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor
Author: Hali Felt
Date/Year:  July 17, 2012 (Picador)
Format: Paperback and Hardcover
Language: English
Reviewer: cartonaut

Book 2

Book cover which is a painting a Marie Tharp looking over the edge of a ship out too see. Illustrated by Raul Colon.

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea Cover to children’s book about Marie Tharp’s work written by Robert Burleigh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea; Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
Author: Robert Burleigh / illustrations by Raúl Colón
Date/Year:  July 5, 2016 (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)
Format: Paperback and Hardcover
Language: English
Reviewer: cartonaut

 


The Podcast

An September 14, 2016, the Takeaway hosted by John Hockenberry on WNYC had a wonderful review of Marie Tharp’s influence on our understanding of the world through her research leading to maps of the ocean floor via an interview with Hali Felt, author of “Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor”

Listen here: http://www.wnyc.org/story/woman-who-mapped-ocean-floor

2018 follow up: Check out this posting on Digital Mapping Solutions’ blog  with some more about Marie Tharp.

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