Marie Tharp’s Groundbreaking Maps Brought The Seafloor To The World (Science News)
Sometimes science headlines do not always have to do with something that happened recently. It can also involve studies that only enhance previously known information. Marie Tharp was heavily undervalued in her time. In her era, women were slowly becoming more respected in the scientific community but it was still not easy. She actually completed a map of the seafloor in 1977 that still holds up as a massive asset for microbiologists and many more.
Her map was a bit controversial in its time. Scientists were 50/50 on something known as “the continental drift” at the time, which claimed the continents are not in a fixed place. Tharp’s research made people change their minds and accept the concept, paving the way for the theory of plate tectonics. Many women struggled to get opportunities in several scientific fields, yet there were doors cracked in her field of geology and cartography. She’d take full advantage of it, thankfully!