Without ever setting sail, Marie Tharp mapped the ocean floor and made a discovery that shook the foundations of geology. So why did the giants of her field dismiss her findings as “girl talk”?

Source: mentalfloss.com

I love this article, because it is a fantastic reminder of some excellent principles. 

  1. Women in science are awesome and we need to encourage girls in STEM disciplines. 
  2. Mapping the unknown can lead to shocking discoveries. 
  3. Underlying grand discoveries is tedious work with unexciting data. 
  4. It wasn’t too long ago that we didn’t understand foundational principles about the Earth (such as plate tectonics). 

Tags: tectonicsphysical, mapping, cartography, 201, statistics, STEM.