Point 71 is a blog in development.

carolebio pic smallAs a science writer, I come across a lot of stories that interest me while working on assignments. Many of them don’t have a home. This is where I get to write about them. It’s my excuse to dig around a little, sometimes exploring a topic more thoroughly, sometimes simply putting into words the fascinating things I’m learning as I go about my job.

I write mostly about marine science, ocean issues, atmospheric sciences and meteorology for a living, so those tend to be the topics that show up here. But I have hopes of finding the time to expand into all the other areas that interest me.

So, the question is, who am I? My name is Kimbra Cutlip and I’m a freelance science writer. You can read about my work at my website. Throughout my explorations on six continents, I have traveled with nomads in the Sahara desert, collected insects along the Manu River in Peru, slept in a yurt in Mongolia, shared vodka with young soldiers of the former Soviet Union on the Trans Siberian Express, shot underwater video on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and lived for years on a sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay.

After all of that, it’s become clear to me that story is everywhere. Even at home. I now make my home on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay with my husband, two daughters, two pets, and an assortment of small boats.

Why “Point 71”? Because 71 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water, and while the ocean supports the vast majority of life on the planet, 95 percent of it remains unexplored. So, when it comes to discovering a world far beyond our imagination, it’s a great place to start.


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