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万物简史(MP3+中英字幕) 第389期:浩瀚的海洋(8)

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They also discovered, by means of depth measurements, that there appeared to be submerged mountains in the mid-Atlantic, prompting some excited observers to speculate that they had found the lost continent of Atlantis.

通过测量深度,他们还发现大西洋中部的水底下似乎有山脉。这使得有的考察人员激动不已,认为他们已经发现了传说中沉人海底的大陆亚特兰蒂斯。
the ocean

Because the institutional world mostly ignored the seas, it fell to devoted—and very occasional—amateurs to tell us what was down there. Modern deep-water exploration begins with Charles William Beebe and Otis Barton in 1930. Although they were equal partners, the more colorful Beebe has always received far more written attention. Born in 1877 into a well-to-do family in New York City, Beebe studied zoology at Columbia University, then took a job as a birdkeeper at the New York Zoological Society. Tiring of that, he decided to adopt the life of an adventurer and for the next quarter century traveled extensively through Asia and South America with a succession of attractive female assistants whose jobs were inventively described as "historian and technicist" or "assistant in fish problems." He supported these endeavors with a succession of popular books with titles like Edge of the Jungle and Jungle Days, though he also produced some respectable books on wildlife and ornithology.

由于世界上的学术机构大多不大重视海洋。倒是由热心的——数却为很少的——业余人员来告诉我们海底下的情况。现代的深海探索于1930年从查尔斯·威廉·毕比和奥蒂斯·巴顿开始。虽然他们是平等的伙伴关系,但文字记录总是突出更有色彩的毕比。毕比1877年生于纽约市的一个小康家庭,曾在哥伦比亚大学攻读动物学,后来在纽约动学会担任养鸟员。他对这份工作感到厌倦。决定选择冒险家的生活。在随后的四分之一世纪里,他走遍了亚洲和南美洲,而且总是跟着一大串漂亮的女性当助手,美其名曰“历史学家兼技术员”或“鱼类问题助理”。这些努力的结果,他写出了一系列通俗读物,题目有《丛林边缘》和《在丛林里的日子里》,他还写了几本关于野生动物和鸟类学的不错的书。
In the mid-1920s, on a trip to the Galapagos Islands, he discovered "the delights of dangling," as he described deep-sea diving. Soon afterward he teamed up with Barton, who came from an even wealthier family, had also attended Columbia, and also longed for adventure.
20世纪20年代中期,毕比前往加拉帕戈斯群岛。发现了他所谓的“悬荡的乐趣”,即深海潜水。过不多久,他开始与巴顿合作。巴顿来自一个更加富裕的家庭,也上过哥伦比亚大学,也渴望冒险。

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popular ['pɔpjulə]

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adj. 流行的,大众的,通俗的,受欢迎的

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extensively [ik'stensivli]

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zoology [zəu'ɔlədʒi]

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n. 动物学

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prompting ['prɔmptiŋ]

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n. 刺激,激励,暗示 动词prompt的现在分词

 
institutional [.insti'tju:ʃənəl]

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respectable [ri'spektəbl]

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adventure [əd'ventʃə]

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