Blog Posts Tagged "history of geology"

50 Years Ago Today in Geology...

Fifty years ago the world looked very different to geologists. Not only was most television still in black and white, but the Grand Unifying Theory of Plate Tectonics had not yet been unified.

Today in Geology History: In Memory of Marie Tharp, Pioneering Oceanographer

Think of the first time you saw a map of the world. It probably looked like colorful patches mostly connected to other colorful patches, with a vast scape of blue between the colorful areas. Until the 1940s, that’s how many people imagined the ocean: “a uniform, featureless blue border for the continents.” We commemorate Marie Tharp with a photo of many of the women on the current research cruise of the JR and a brief summary of her work, which includes creating the first seafloor maps of the world's oceans and establishing the global distribution of mid-ocean ridges.