The ocean is the engine of the Earth

Reframing our blue planet

Cultural perceptions of the ocean as a void or an empty space give a grave misrepresentation of the ocean's true nature. Contrary to the idea of emptiness, the ocean is an intricate, dynamic engine of the Earth teeming with diverse life and physicochemical processes, writes Helen Czerski.

Helen Czerski will be speaking at the IAI's upcoming music and ideas festival HowTheLightGetsIn alongside Daniel Dennett, Brian Greene, Fiona Hill, Roger Penrose and many, many more. Explore the full programme and book your tickets here.


"Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
But we've got our brave Captain to thank

(So the crew would protest) "that he's bought us the best—
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