Deep in the Sea, Imagining the Cradle of Life on Earth

The New York Times
October 16, 2007

BEAUFORT, N.C. — For much of Cindy Lee Van Dover’s professional life, she has been a pioneer.

In 1990, she became the first woman with a license to pilot an Alvin, a three-person submarine for deep sea exploration. Dr. Van Dover, who studies the ecology of the ocean floor, has since led almost 50 expeditions on the Alvin, documenting the terrain and creatures of that mysterious environment. In almost every one of these explorations, she has discovered new life forms and animals.

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