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The 1950's
Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the Calypso

The 1950's
The 1950's


Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the Calypso
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.87

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    Jacques-Yves, minesweeper, self-contained, atomic, gunnery, undersea, exploration, disarm, command, mines, imaginable, provided, tested, lifetime, aqua-lung, photography
     content words:    Jacques Cousteau, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Saint Andre, French Naval Academy, French Navy, World War II, Emile Gagnan, American Academy Award, Silent World, Oceanographic Museum


Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the Calypso
By Jane Runyon
  

1     A whole new frontier for exploration was opened up by Jacques Cousteau. Water covers more than 70% of the Earth's surface. People have always been fascinated with what life is like under the ocean's surface. Stories were told of cities like Atlantis and civilizations of mermaids and sea monsters. But it was hard to explore these regions. Many explorers drowned trying. Jacques Cousteau popularized undersea exploration. His inventiveness helped open the door to more exploration today.
 
2     Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born in Saint Andre de Cubzac, France, on June 11, 1910. Cousteau attended the French Naval Academy. He was trained to be a gunnery officer. In 1933, he joined the French Navy. It was here that he was able to experiment with equipment he created for undersea exploration. He first tested what was, perhaps, one of the first diving masks in 1936.
 
3     Cousteau was still in the Navy during World War II. He and Emile Gagnan invented the aqua-lung in 1943. It was the first of many pieces of SCUBA equipment sold to the public. SCUBA is a term used to describe self-contained underwater breathing apparatuses. This equipment allowed divers more freedom than the full diving suits that had been used before.

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