Sea Legs: Tales Of A Woman Oceanographer by Kathleen Crane

By Kathleen Crane

Sea Legs is the tale of Kathleen Crane, one of many first ladies oceanographers out of UCSD's world-renowned Scripps establishment of Oceanography. by means of turns autobiographical and target, Crane tells how her quest for freedom led her to the ocean and her study of deep-sea underwater volcanoes. due to the trouble of operating within the U.S. gender segregated society through the 70s, she felt her basically clinical destiny lay with cooperation with Europeans or even the Soviet Union through the top of the chilly conflict. within the procedure she grew to become an ''accidental diplomat.''

An explorer, environmentalist, and filmmaker, Crane's tale encompasses the world's oceans, politics, and diplomacy, medical espionage, ships, and a keenness for the flora and fauna. At its center, although, it is a tale approximately humanity and the forces that force humans to persevere, regardless of the chances, and do the issues they love.

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Once the Deep-Tow was deployed, it was navigated by using a system of bottom-anchored transponders that communicated at low frequencies of 10 to 11 kilohertz (kHz) with both the Deep-Tow and the ship. This type of bottom navigation system was so precise that we could maneuver our equipment with the greatest accuracy ever achieved in the deep ocean. Before the development of these transponders, navigation was so imprecise that oceanographers were unable to return to the same site in following years.

In 1971, the student activists, however peaceful, were seen as a threat to the tenuous Turkish government. The government intended to provoke them into fighting back, and once a student lifted a hand, the thugs would shoot to kill. That year, the military hanged five Turkish students. All universities were closed, the best and the brightest imprisoned. Those who questioned authority dis- World Geography 27 appeared. These tragic circumstances killed any vestiges of political naivete I may have retained.

They preferred exploration, and the salt air and sea seemed to inhabit their bones. I was one of those romantics and as such would be one of the very few women to attend Scripps in the fall of 1973. There were so few women at Scripps that we were called "The New Girls in School" after the Beach Boys' hit single. My sister Ann and I drove to San Diego that fall. Everything in California seemed so out of proportion. Interstate Highway 5 was sixteen lanes wide. San Diego seemed to have the most of everything: a real-life surf city, marijuana, the bluest ocean, the best burritos and quesadillas.

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