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Sylvia Earle Discusses Her Work and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.

Marine botanist Sylvia Earle. She's been described as one of the most intrepid divers in the history of underwater exploration. She's swum with humpback whales, explored the kelp forests off the coast of California, and dove into the trenches off the coasts of Hawaii where she once went to depths of 1,250 feet, which at the time was the deepest any human had dove without a connection to the surface. Earle is best known for her work on "Gentle Giants of the Pacific," the popular PBS series on the whales of the Pacific, and also for her numerous articles in "National Geographic." Earle recently met with other scientists to survey the March oil spill in Prince William's Sound in Alaska. (Interview by Sedge Thomson)

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Other segments from the episode on August 14, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 14, 1989: Interview with Sylvia Earle; Review of Christopher Hollyday's album "Christopher Hollyday"; Interview with Phillip Hoose; Review of the television program…

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