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Hi, just found a copy of Explorations, which to some extent is the post college autobiography of Dr. Ballard. It starts with the sinking of Thresher in 1963, then launches into Ballards early career in which his dives in the Gulf of Maine, and a bit later, on the mid-Atlantic Ridge helped to set up plate tectonics as the accepted paradigm for geological events such as earthquakes and volcanoes.

He goes onto discuss other expeditions, such as his dives on the Galapagos Ridge which revealed chemosynthesis (getting energy and nourishments from chemicals rather than energy--directly or indirectly--from the sun.

The chapters on the search for Titanic will enthrall all of us TITANIACs and I found the chapters on his discovery of Bismark and the ancient Roman galley to be fascinating in it's own right.

As far as I am concerned, Explorations garners yet another "Four Funnels UP" for Dr. Ballard! emoticon

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HI Lights

I have to admit I have not read this book, but you give a good apitite to go out and find it.

There is no getting away from the fact Ballard is a innovator taken from the same mould as Custou, Jack custou had a titanic connection in a loose way as well. And I apologise for the spelling of his name as I have no idea how to spell it.

He led many ways to marine archeology and still does to this day, Ballard I mean now by the way

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Cousteau definitely rocked and ruled the seas, too, in his Calypso, didn't he? I remember watching Jacques Cousteau specials on TV as a kid and thinking about doing something cool like that for a living.
If I ever get to oceanography school, it will be because of Jacques Cousteau and Robt. Ballard!

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Hi Lights

Yes he was a terific guy and veryu clever

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Actually, Lights, although Ballard is a very entertaining writer, I did't find all that much here that you cou;n't have found in his other books - The Discovery of the Titanic covered pretty much everything I was interested in there, and although a lot of the Thresher stuff is recently unclassified, not even much of that was anything I couldn't find elsewhere. Sorry.

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Yeah, Lee, [sign in to see URL]'m just too much of a Ballard head for my own good.


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Hey, since when is enthusiasm something to apologize for?

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Hi TTf

If you think about it logically, most of the titanic books say the same thing in reality. And all the docus do the same. But we all go out and buy another one.

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Face it guys, we're just a lot of TITANIACS!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HI Lights

Yes I think we are at the bottom of us. we seem to buy most things as they come out and available.

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