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On Being with Krista Tippett is a public radio project delving into the human side of news stories + issues. Curated + edited by senior editor Trent Gilliss.

We publish guest contributions. We edit long; we scrapbook. We do big ideas + deep meaning. We answer questions.

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Sylvia Earle Walks Us Along the Ocean Floor

by Susan Leem, associate producer

Sylvia Earle

The pioneering oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle during her interview with Krista Tippett describes walking on the ocean floor, more than a quarter of a mile beneath the surface where light can scarcely reach:

"The first experience is going through the sunlit area and into the twilight zone where sunlight fades and darkness begins to take over. It’s like the deepest twilight, or earliest dawn."

A beautifully told narrative of bamboo corals and coral reefs as seen by one who has been there.

About the photo: Sylvia Earle descends into the darkness, trekking with this “Jim” suit as her only protection from hundreds of pounds of pressure per square inch created by being a quarter-mile under from the ocean’s surface.

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