Sea Legs: Tales of a Woman Oceanographer

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Sea Legsis the story of Kathleen Crane, one of the first women oceanographers out of the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. By turns personal and objective, Crane tells how her quest for freedom led her to the sea and her research of deep-sea underwater volcanoes. As research doors in the United States closed during the 1980s, Crane charted her scientific future with the Europeans and with scientists from the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. In the process ...

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Overview

Sea Legsis the story of Kathleen Crane, one of the first women oceanographers out of the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. By turns personal and objective, Crane tells how her quest for freedom led her to the sea and her research of deep-sea underwater volcanoes. As research doors in the United States closed during the 1980s, Crane charted her scientific future with the Europeans and with scientists from the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. In the process she became an unwitting diplomat.From the Galapagos dives in the Alvin and the early searches for Titanic, to many of the first scientific expeditions of the Arctic, Crane offers an exclusive and compelling first-hand account as a pioneer for women in oceanography. An explorer, environmentalist, and filmmaker, Crane's story encompasses the world's oceans, politics, international relations, scientific espionage, ships, and a passion for the natural world. At its heart, however, this is a story about humanity and the forces that drive people to persevere, despite the odds, and do the things they love. This paperback edition includes a Reader's Guide, featuring questions for discussion and suggestions for further reading.

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Being an oceanographer is not a boring occupation, especially if you're a woman trying to make it in what was, until very recently, an almost exclusively male field. Crane, program manager of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Arctic Research Office and coauthor of Arctic Environmental Atlas, shares her bumps, bruises, and ultimate successes in the field of marine geophysics. Some of the "tales" are not so pleasant-e.g., going to sea on traditionally all-male ships and enduring a chief scientist's mid-cruise nervous breakdown-but those are counterbalanced by exciting reports of major discoveries, such as that of the hydrothermal vents in the eastern Pacific, along with their thriving biological communities; and of participating in the first cooperative Russian-American research projects in the Arctic Ocean and Lake Baikal following the end of the Cold War. Crane is an excellent writer and an honest one in her vivid portrayal of the joys and difficulties of doing science in a man's world. Her memoir is essential for young people, especially women, considering careers in marine science. Highly recommended for high school, college, and public libraries.-Margaret Rioux, MBL/WHOI Lib., Woods Hole, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813342856
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/16/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 1,238,044
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Crane is a Program Mangager in the Arctic Research Office of NOAA. Formerly a Professor at Hunter College, CUNY, and Adjunct Senior Scientist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Dr. Crane is the author of more than seventy scientific manuscripts, has written for Scientific American, published photographs in the National Geographic Magazine and is the author, with Jennifer Lee Galasso, of the Arctic Environmental Atlas published in 1999. Dr. Crane has been featured on National Geographic Explorer television. She lives in McLean, Virginia with her daughter.

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