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Marine science guru Sylvia Earle on how to protect the blue heart of the planet

01:27 21st February 2009 by Alex Dick-Read
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Here’s an important talk (with incredible footage) about our planet’s most valuable asset – the ocean – by Sylvia Earle, a veteran undersea scientist, TED award winner and the inspiration behind the Google’s new underwater program.

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. In the 1980s she started the companies Deep Ocean Engineering and Deep Ocean Technologies with engineer Graham Hawkes to design and build undersea vehicles that allow scientists to work at previously inaccessible depths. In the early 1990s, Dr. Earle served as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. At present she is explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society.

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