June 15, 2021


National Geographic’s Explorer At Large and internationally renowned oceanographer, Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, is releasing her highly anticipated forthcoming book, National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey (National Geographic; Now Available For Pre-Order; On-Sale Nov 16, 2021, $65, ISBN 9781426221927), showcasing how the ocean – with its forces, habitats, creatures, and global influence–has a tremendous impact on our everyday lives.

Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, President & Chairman of Mission Blue/The Sylvia Earle Alliance–affectionately called “Her Deepness”, a phrase coined by The New Yorker–guides readers with her lyrical style and inspiring wisdom, describing the evolution, beauty, and impact of our ocean, the challenges it faces, such as climate change, plastic, and overfishing, and the myriad ways we can help protect it. With a special focus on new discoveries in the deepest reaches of the ocean, Dr. Earle’s book reveals wonders that few have witnessed before and broadens our understanding of this essential realm of life on Earth.

National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey offers a comprehensive overview of the fundamental science of the ocean–from plate tectonics to seawater makeup, including a fascinating illustrated guide to marine life, from sponges, kelp, and zooplankton to whales, sharks, and sea turtles. Full-color photographs offer an underwater tour of ocean vistas and life-forms from around the world, from the poles to the tropics, and from the surface to the mysterious depths. More than 100 maps and diagrams, including seafloor and political maps of all Earth’s seas and oceans, elucidate Dr. Earle’s authoritative, 520-page book, inclusive of a beautifully illustrated gatefold.

“Everyone everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea,” Dr. Earle states. From the fundamental importance of the ocean in shaping Earth’s climate and chemistry to its vital role in supporting a multitude of life-forms, including our own human race, everything you want to know about the ocean can be found inside these beautiful and dynamic pages.

In an interview, Dr. Earle can discuss key points of the book, including:
● The latest data on ocean pollution and ocean health

● The true impact of changing temperatures and chemistry of the ocean caused by climate change

● The amazing deep-sea life-forms just now being discovered.

● Why saving the ocean is essential to the planet’s future

● The importance of preserving ocean hope spots around the world


About Dr. Sylvia Earle

Long recognized as one of the world’s top experts on ocean science and conservation, Sylvia Earle is the president and chairman of Mission Blue/The Sylvia Earle Alliance and a National Geographic Explorer at Large. Called “Her Deepness” by The New Yorker and the New York Times, a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and a “First Hero for the Planet” by Time magazine, she is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and field scientist. In 1970, told she could not join a crew of men testing an undersea habitat, she organized an all-female crew, and they lived underwater for weeks, pioneering deep-sea ventures. Since then, she has continued to cross boundaries, always passionately advocating on behalf of Earth’s ocean.


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