February 2003 – Volume Ten, Number Two
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UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF THE GREENLAND ICE SHARK
The Greenland shark is one of the most bizarre sharks known - over 20 feet long, with poisonous flesh, and the only known polar shark living in frigid (28.5 degrees F.) Arctic waters.
Determined to solve the baffling riddles surrounding this mysterious and little-known creature is an experienced team of researchers and filmmakers from the U.S. They plan to launch an expedition called the Ice Shark Project to study the prehistoric-like shark, which lives beneath the seven-foot-thick Arctic ice, near the northern reaches of Baffin Island, approximately 300 miles from the Magnetic North Pole. The effort will begin during summer 2003 and extend to spring 2004.
FOUNDATION ORGANIZES EXPEDITION TO HIGH ARCTIC
Wilderness Research Foundation, Inc., a new, not-for-profit organization based in New York, plans to raise money in the private sector to subsidize multidisciplinary expeditions restricted to Ph.D.'s and doctoral candidates. The first project, an expedition to southern Axel Heiberg Island in the Canadian High Arctic, is scheduled for the summer of 2004.
EXPLORING INDIA'S ZANSKAR VALLEY
This winter Dave Anderson, Andrew Chapman and Anthony Chapin will spend a month exploring the cultural and ice climbing attractions in the Zanskar Valley located in the Kashmir region of India.
Father-Son Diabetics Reach South Pole – Former Royal Air Force officer Mike Cross, 60, and his son, Will, 35, became the first father and son team as well as the first people with diabetes to reach the South Pole over land (see EN, January 2003). In so doing, the pair raised tens of thousands of pounds for research into diabetes.
Mike Cross, who lives in Lincolnshire, UK, joined his son earlier last month with Dr. Bret Goodpaster, a medical researcher from the University of Pittsburgh, for the final 120-mile leg of the 730-mile journey. Their Ultimate Trek to Cure Diabetes was sponsored by NovoNordisk, manufacturers of insulin, and LifeScan Europe. Iridium Satellite LLC, Breitling and a host of other equipment partners contributed. (For more information: www.curewalk.com).
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Discovery is important to modern life and needs to be encouraged among the younger generation that is being challenged everyday. Our cultural task is to integrate an element of discovery in students." - Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, 56, upon the opening of "Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga." Produced by the Smithsonian Institution, it is ending its two-year North American tour at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.
It is the most extensive exhibition ever created to demonstrate in a concrete way how the Vikings came from Iceland to Greenland and then discovered the North American continent in the year 1000. "If Americans want to celebrate Columbus' discovery of 1492, they can go right ahead," he later said. "But to us, he was a latecomer."
Umbraphile – Eclipse chasers who drop everything and head for the Path of Totality - the only place on earth where a total solar eclipse appears, well, total. "I think it's probably the most spectacular natural event you can be witness to, perhaps comparable only to a volcanic eruption," says umbraphile Fred Espenak, an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Flight Center in Maryland. Get your ski buggies ready: the next total eclipse, in November 2003, will make landfall only over Antarctica. (Source: Patrick Joseph, Universal Press Syndicate).
ON THE HORIZON
Women of Discovery Awards – Wings Trust, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to researching, promoting, and celebrating contributions of extraordinary women explorers around the world, will present the 1st Annual Women of Discovery Awards on Mar. 12, 2003. The ceremony will take place at the National Arts Club, New York City. The Women of Discovery Award is the one of the first awards that specifically recognizes the work of women explorers.
The award - $10,000 cash - will be given in four categories: Earth, Sea, Air and Space, and Human Life.
Expedition Public Relations – Alex Foley & Associates specializes in expedition PR. Alex Foley is honorary secretary of the Explorers Club British Chapter and has executed PR programs for many ventures including the 1996 Titanic Expedition, David Hempleman-Adams Chase de Vere Atlantic Challenge, David Hempleman-Adams and Josh Wishart's Polar Race, and Ice Challenger, the Bering Strait expedition flying Explorers Club Flag 176A last March. www.IceChallenger.com
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Affordable Himalaya with Daniel Mazur – Please tell your friends. Announcing new lowered prices due to recent events. These are full service expeditions, including Sherpa and all costs inside Nepal: Amadablam 2003-06, $3,950; Manaslu 2003, $6,950; Dhaulagiri 2004, $6,950; Pumori 2003-06, $3,950. We offer our new low-budget expeditions: Mustagh-Ata 2003-06, $1,450; Cho-Oyu 2003-06, $4,650; Everest 2003-06, $6,000. Everything for the novice, intermediate and expert since 1987. Ask about our treks. We give slide shows too!
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