Archive for April, 2001

Scientist Journeys Into Caves for Clues to Extreme Life

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 30, 2001   View Article

Caving is a highbrow sport. It takes intellectual prowess in the disciplines of geology and hydrology to know how a cave forms, and thus how to identify where hidden passages lie, said Hazel Barton, a microbiologist at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.

Barton should know. She started caving as a teenager and has become one of the world’s foremost cave cartographers. Today, she employs her uncanny ability to seek out caves as part of her work in studying extremophiles—organisms that thrive in environments where human life could not.

1993 Volcano Eruption Spews Books

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 13, 2001   View Article

High in the Andes the Earth’s crust shatters with a sonic boom and incandescent rocks sizzle through the air. Six scientists and three tourists perish instantly. Several others run for their lives. Firebombs pummel them. Flesh burns. Bones break. Wounds bleed.

The 1993 eruption of Colombia’s Galeras volcano was a disaster.

“No one predicted there would be an eruption,” said Stanley Williams, a professor of geology at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona, whose firsthand account of the 1993 eruption, Surviving Galeras, was published this April.

Yachtsman Sails World To Save Seas

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 10, 2001   View Article

Sail around the world in record time. Win the coveted America’s Cup. Get knighted by the Queen of England. Successfully defend the cup in New Zealand. Retire from racing. Tap into the Internet. Take people on an Internet voyage to exotic locales. Compel them to love the environment.

Such is the life of Sir Peter Blake.

Aboard the Seamaster, a 118-foot (36-meter) aluminum-hulled vessel that has two 89-foot (27-meter) masts and twin 350 horsepower engines, Blake is on a mission to help protect life in, on, and around the waters of the world. He said he hopes people will follow his journey via the Internet on his Web site and television documentaries and be inspired to join the mission to save parts of the world that are key to the planet’s ecosystem.

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