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Marie's Ocean : Marie Tharp Maps the Mountains Under the Sea

By: Josie James

A mixed-format picture book biography of STEM pioneer Marie Tharp, the woman who mapped the ocean floor. Born in 1925, Marie Tharp came of age at a time when academic careers were largely unavailable to women. She earned her degree in geology in the 1940s, at which point women accounted for a small percentage of all Earth science degrees. Marie’s vision and tenacity paved the way for her to make one of the most impactful discoveries of the 20th century: She created the first scientific chart of the Atlantic Ocean floor—a 40,000-mile-long map that confirmed the theories of plate tectonics and continental drift.

From Tharp’s early childhood dreams all the way to her defining achievement, this is the story of one of Earth science’s greatest hidden figures. For fans of Counting on Katherine and Spring After Spring.

Afterword, with photographs. Selected bibliography. Source notes. Full-color illustrations created with Adobe Photoshop and collage.

ISBN: 9781250214737

JLG Release: Nov 2020


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Sexism
Topics: Marie Tharp (1920–2006) , Geology , Earth science , Women geologists , Geomorphology , Women cartographers , Oceanography , Continental drift , Mid-Atlantic Ridge , Twentieth-century history of science

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James's picture book biography spotlights Marie Tharp, a white geologist and oceanographic cartographer who helped revolutionize scientific knowledge of the earth. The first-person narration clearly explains the connections between aspects of Tharp's childhood, controversial scientific theories, and the sexism that kept her from conducting field re James's picture book biography spotlights Marie Tharp, a white geologist and oceanographic cartographer who helped revolutionize scientific knowledge of the earth. The first-person narration clearly explains the connections between aspects of Tharp's childhood, controversial scientific theories, and the sexism that kept her from conducting field research. Tharp's ambition and independent spirit are quite evident. Using direct quotes, sources in the back matter) and real images some created by Tharp, also sources in the back matter), James paints a vivid narrative portrait of her subject. The title excels in the scientific explanation of Tharp's work of translating sonar data. She utilizied math and geology to create a revolutionary map of the ocean floor, which added significant evidence to further validate the theory of plate tectonics. Speech bubbles and panels allows readers to connect with the humanity and personality of Tharp. Readers will also gain a better understanding of the science and math concepts that were used to make this map. James provides a deep dive into the STEM concepts and the detailed process that Tharp employed to show the world what lies at the bottom of our oceans. Highly recommended for public and school library - John Scott, Friends Sch. of Balitmore

Book Details

ISBN

9781250214737

First Release

November 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

9" x 11"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Holt/Christy Ottaviano

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Sexism

Topics

Marie Tharp (1920–2006), Geology, Earth science, Women geologists, Geomorphology, Women cartographers, Oceanography, Continental drift, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Twentieth-century history of science,

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