March 24, 2011 David Jourdan to Discuss "The Deep Sea Quest for Amelia Earhart," April 8

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The disappearance of Amelia Earhart is an enduring mystery. Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, vanished without a trace in the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, during their attempt to circle the globe. No clues—wreckage, an oil slick or floating debris—were ever found.

Deep-sea explorer David W. Jourdan launched two expeditions in the past 10 years to find Earhart’s Lockheed Electra airplane. He will discuss his findings in a lecture at the Library of Congress at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 8, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division, the lecture is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed. Books from the Library’s collections that focus on Earhart will be on display at the lecture.

Jourdan, co-founder of the deep-sea exploration company Nauticos, and Elgen Long, famed aviator and author of the book “Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved” (1999), teamed with engineers, analysts, researchers, sponsors and investors to conduct high-resolution mapping of the deep-ocean floor. Jourdan conducted two seven-week expeditions in 2002 and 2006 to search for Earhart’s wreckage. The adventure is depicted in Jourdan’s book “The Deep Sea Quest for Amelia Earhart.”

A 1976 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Jourdan served as a U.S. Navy submarine officer. He holds a master’s degree in applied physics from The Johns Hopkins University. He is also the author of “Never Forgotten,” a 2009 book about the quest to find the Dakar, a newly-commissioned Israeli submarine that vanished without a trace in the eastern Mediterranean.

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