Explorer Robert Ballard’s memoir finds shipwrecks and strange life forms in the ocean’s darkest reaches

Explorer Robert Ballard’s memoir finds shipwrecks and strange life forms in the ocean’s darkest reaches

I’m keenly aware of his contributions to ocean science, as well as his work to popularize ocean exploration and inspire people to become scientists. Science, especially marine research, is not a solo effort – and the discovery of hydrothermal vents is a prime example. As I see it, Ballard’s memoir would have been a perfect opportunity to acknowledge her contribution to one of the most important ocean science discoveries of the 20th century. Ocean scientists call this process “mowing the lawn,” hoping and praying that something new will be revealed. Being at sea with other marine scientists has provided tremendous joy in my career.

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