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Sylvia Earle

 

Sylvia Earle is an explorer who was born on the 30th August 1935 in New Jersey. She led the first team of women aquanaughts during the Tektite project in 1970. The Tektite Habitat is an underwater laboratory in the U.S. Virgin Islands (Caribbean Islands) in the Atlantic Ocean. in 1979, she made an open-ocean dive to the sea floor near Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean, setting a women's depth record of 381 metres.

 

Earle was an expert on the impact of oil spills; she was called to lead several research trips during the persian Gult War in 1991 to check environmental damage caused by Iraq's destruction of the Kuwaiti oil wells. She was also called to consult during the Deepwater Horizon Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. 

 

Written by Daniel Woodrow, First House Captain of Earle House, 2013-2014 

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