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Earle to speak from Aquarius Reef Base, 50 feet below the surface off Florida Keys

Sylvia Earle, National Geographic explorer-in-residence, is often affectionately called “Her Deepness” because of her record-setting expeditions to the bottom of the ocean. At 10:45 a.m. Wednesday in the Amphitheater, Earle will speak to Chautauqua from the place she is most at home — the deep.

She will speak remotely from the Aquarius Reef Base, an underwater laboratory and research center near the Florida Keys operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), of which Earle was chief scientist from 1990–1992.

“When I was a kid, it was less common — in fact unusual — for women to become scientists or engineers,” Earle said. “It was unheard of for a woman to be chief scientist on an oceanographic vessel, or for a woman to be the captain of a ship, or to be the captain of an airplane, for heaven’s sakes. Those things have changed.”

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