Background Info

On August 30, 1935, oceanographer Sylvia Earle was born in Gibbstown, New Jersey. Earle, nicknamed “Her Deepness,” has led more than 50 expeditions around the world, with more than 6,000 hours underwater. As an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, she is an advocate for underwater creatures and their ocean habitat. In recent years, Sylvia Earle has worked to create a network of marine protected areas throughout the world.

Earle reminds listeners that protecting the ocean is protecting the Earth: “Ninety-seven percent of Earth’s water is ocean. No blue, no green. If you think the ocean isn’t important, imagine Earth without it.”

Currently, less than one percent of the world’s oceans are protected.

Vocabulary

Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry

advocate

Verb

to argue in favor of something.

expedition

Noun

journey with a specific purpose, such as exploration.

Explorer-in-Residence

Noun

pre-eminent explorers and scientists collaborating with the National Geographic Society to make groundbreaking discoveries that generate critical scientific information, conservation-related initiatives and compelling stories.

habitat

Noun

environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.

Encyclopedic Entry: habitat

marine protected area (MPA)

Noun

area of the ocean where a government has placed limits on human activity.

National Geographic Society

Noun

(1888) organization whose mission is "Inspiring people to care about the planet."

ocean

Noun

large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.

Encyclopedic Entry: ocean

oceanographer

Noun

person who studies the ocean.

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Editor

Caryl-Sue, National Geographic Society

Producer

Mary Crooks, National Geographic Society

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