Who on Earth Is Sylvia Earle?: Undersea Explorer of the Ocean

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
It is 1979. A deep sea submersible descends into the blackness of the ocean. Tethered to the side of this specialized vessel is an odd, robotic invention. A "Jim-suit," named after its creator and designed to cope with the extreme water pressures of the ocean depths, is delivered to the seabed by the submersible. At 1250 feet below the surface, the "Jim-suit" and its single passenger are released. At that moment, Sylvia Earle was the only human being in history to walk on the ocean floor at a depth that could literally have crushed her. A pioneering woman and a renowned scientist, Sylvia Earle remains one of the leading authorities on ocean life. In this volume from the illustrated "Scientists Saving the Earth" series, the life of this fascinating woman is refreshingly detailed. Readers are given a chance to see both the successes and the defeats that Sylvia Earle has encountered during her life. On the one hand, Earle has had the opportunity to advocate for environmental causes, head up undersea expeditions, and successfully advocate for the protection of coral reefs. Conversely, the barriers to advancement, professional versus family life issues, and the inability to advance environmental legislation to the level she wishes also have been a part of Earle's life. All of these themes are well addressed in this informative biography. Youngsters with an interest in science will enjoy it. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—These books provide biographical information on scientists who made a positive impact on the planet. Fossey, Earle, and Carson are especially appropriate role models for readers interested in perusing careers in environmental science. The writing is clear and informative; the authors attempt to present the women's lives and work in highly engaging narratives, though they are occasionally bogged down by a recitation of factual information, perhaps included to make the books as research-friendly as possible. Color photographs are relevant and of good quality. Fossey provides suggestions for discussion and further investigation, and Carson includes a section on pursuing a career in environmental science and activism. All of the books do an excellent job of incorporating and documenting quotes and research from outside sources. Good choices for biography sections.—Lindsay Cesari, Baldwinsville School District, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598451184
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Scientists Saving the Earth Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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