exploration Archives - State of the Planet

You Asked: Why Do We Know More About the Moon Than Our Own Oceans?

An Earth Institute oceanographer answers this deep question from a reader as part of our Earth Month Q&A on Instagram.

by |April 19, 2019

Exploring Obama’s Seafloor Canyons by Mini Submarine

Only a few people have ever explored deep inside the seafloor canyons that President Obama just designated a national marine monument. Bill Ryan is one of them. In this podcast he describes what his team saw and learned.

by |September 21, 2016
Darwin's insight was grounded in sensory observation and humility. His first drawing of an evolutionary tree is distinguished by the profound marking near the top: I think. (Image in the public domain)

What Darwin Saw

Sir Charles Darwin realized that humanity is interwoven with nature, that all of life is in a state of constant flux. The empowerment of nature, made possible by Darwin’s integration of human life into the whole, and grounded in his lived experience and profound humility, is the foundation of modern ecology.

by |February 15, 2012