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The Explorers JournalThe Explorers Journal

The Explorers Journal

Fall 2019

From vast ocean depths to the frontiers of outer space, The Explorers Journal offers firsthand reporting from those pushing the limits of knowledge and human endurance. Founded in 1904 to promote exploration “by all means possible,” The Explorers Club is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of field exploration and scientific inquiry. Among our members are leading pioneers in oceanography, mountaineering, archaeology, and the planetary and environmental sciences.

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United States
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English
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The Explorers Club
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leaders in conservation

Think as far back as you can and remember when you first fell in love with being outdoors, seeing wildlife, and feeling the joy of exploration. Who was there? A dad, a grandfather, a mom, a crazy uncle, or maybe you were inspired by an icon like Jim Fowler or Jacques-Yves Cousteau? Do you see a pattern? There was always someone around. For some of us, our childhood dreams go beyond admiration and become our life calling as members of The Explorers Club. Explorers are increasingly on the frontlines of the world’s most cutting-edge conservation efforts and initiatives. Our members are fortunate to work in some of the last wild places on the planet, amazing spaces where intact assemblages of native species still fulfill their ecological roles. With a constant barrage…

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boundaries

With the looming prospect of expanded border construction between the United States and Mexico, we decided that it was an ideal time to broach the subject of boundaries, not from the usual political standpoint, which is the one most often considered, but instead from an environmental point of view. As we all know, Nature could care less about the lines we draw on maps when it comes to seasonal migrations and wildlife corridors. With regard to the proposed border construction along the Rio Grande in Texas, we turned to filmmaker Ben Masters. His newly released documentary, The River and the Wall, examines just what’s at stake environmentally. The film highlights the recent progress that has been made in wildlife conservation, particularly in the vast, protected areas flanking the river in the…

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the explorers journal

PRESIDENT Richard Wiese HONORARY CHAIRMAN Kathryn D. Sullivan, PhD HONORARY PRESIDENT Bertrand Piccard, PhD HONORARY DIRECTORS Robert D. Ballard, PhD Sylvia A. Earle, PhD Gilbert M. Grosvenor Donald C. Johanson, PhD Richard E. Leakey, DSc Frederik D.A. Paulsen, PhD Roland R. Puton Johan Reinhard, PhD Edward P. Roski, Jr. George B. Schaller, PhD Kathryn D. Sullivan, PhD Don Walsh, PhD HRH Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck DIRECTORS EMERITI Brian P. Hanson Maria Wilhelm BOARD OF DIRECTORS CLASS OF 2020 Capt. Lynn D. Danaher Constance Difede Richard Garriott de Cayeux Theodore P. Janulis Alexander Wallace CLASS OF 2021 Stefan Kindberg Martin Kraus William J. Liss Michelle Mass, MD Eric Zember CLASS OF 2022 Marc Bryan-Brown Leon “Lee” V. Langan Milbry C. Polk Synnøve Marie Kvam Strømsvåg SPECIAL ONE-YEAR DIRECTORS Aida “Idee” Belau Barbara Duran Daniel A. Kobal, PhD Janet L. Walsh, PhD OFFICERS VP, CHAPTERS Mead L. Treadwell VP, MEMBERSHIP Nancy L. Nenow VP, RESEARCH & EDUCATION Trevor Wallace VP, FLAG & HONORS Robert J. Atwater VP, LECTURES & PROGRAMS Ann Passer VP, CONSERVATION, WILDLIFE, SUSTAINABILITY Mark J. Fowler TREASURER Barbara Duran SECRETARY Steve Piggott OMBUDSMAN Brian P. Hanson PATRONS & SPONSORS LEADER OF EXPLORATION ($500,000+) Mabel Dorn Reeder* BENEFACTORS OF…

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membership in the explorers club

FOUNDED IN 1904 BY A GROUP OF AMERICA’S LEADING EXPLORERS, THE EXPLORERS CLUB IS A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY DEDICATED TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF FIELD RESEARCH, SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION, AND THE IDEAL THAT IT IS VITAL TO PRESERVE THE INSTINCT TO EXPLORE. THE CLUB’S STEADFAST MISSION HAS BEEN TO ENCOURAGE AND PROMOTE SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION OF LAND, SEA, AIR, AND SPACE, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE PHYSICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES. AS A PRIMARY AND PRESTIGIOUS CENTER FOR EXPLORATION AND EXPEDITION PLANNING, THE CLUB IS A FOCAL POINT AND UNIFYING FORCE FOR EXPLORERS AND SCIENTISTS WORLDWIDE, WITH 32 CHAPTERS SPANNING THE GLOBE. For information regarding categories of membership (Fellow, Member, Friend, and Student), and the process of election to The Explorers Club, visit us at www.explorers.org. The downloadable application sets forth qualifications for membership. Additionally,…

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exploration news

NO JOY ON NIKUMARORO BALLARD’S SEARCH FOR AMELIA EARHART TO BE CONTINUED In late August, Bob Ballard ended his search for Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Model 10-E Electra for the summer, having spent nearly a month searching for the plane’s remains. If found, they would shed light on one of history’s greatest mysteries: the disappearance of the aviation pioneer. No one knows just what happened to Earhart, who went missing with her navigator Fred Noonan on July 2, 1937, after failing to find Howland Island, a waypoint on the penultimate leg of their round-the-world flight. For the expedition, Ballard and National Geographic Society archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert teamed-up with Ric Gillespie of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has already sent 13 expeditions to the island. On August 7, the crew departed…

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the river and the wall

BEN MASTERS (@BENCMASTERS) IS A WILDERNESS GUIDE, FILMMAKER, AND AUTHOR CURRENTLY BASED IN AUSTIN, TEXAS. HE DIRECTED AND WROTE THE RIVER AND THE WALL, A RECENTLY RELEASED DOCUMENTARY AND BOOK CHRONICLING A THREE-MONTH EXPEDITION DOWN THE RIO GRANDE, DURING WHICH HE INTERVIEWED BORDER PATROL AGENTS, IMMIGRANTS, LANDOWNERS, WILDLIFE BIOLOGISTS, REPRESENTATIVES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AMERICAN POLITICAL AISLE, AND THOSE WHO CALL THE BANKS OF THE RIO GRANDE HOME. Santa Elena, Mariscal, Boquillas… For those of us lucky enough to have paddled through these monumental cathedral canyons, which cradle the Rio Grande as it skirts the southern boundary of the United States, simply hearing their names engenders a yearning to float down the river and marvel at the magnificence of a landscape that seems to defy gravity, rivaling the Grand Canyon…

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