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The Explorers Journal

The Explorers Journal

Summer 2020

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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The Explorers Club
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2 min.
a moment for reflection

In every crisis, the goal should be to eventually get out of the crisis in better shape than you were before.—BERTRAND PICCARD While the world feels upside down—with the twin crises of Covid-19 and an overdue reckoning with racial and social injustice—this moment has presented us with an opportunity to change many paradigms that we thought were unshakable to the very core of who we are. We must reexamine how we do business, how we view ourselves, how we view others, and how we manage this planet. As a 116-year-old organization, it’s difficult to break away from attitudes and standards that served us well at a different time and place. To many in the outside world, The Explorers Club stills represents an alpha-male environment, and a largely white one at that. In…

1 min.
survival

With the events that have unfolded in recent months, many of us may have found our expeditionary plans put on temporary hold. But explorers we are and explore we will by all means possible, using our intellectual survival skills to make the most of the circumstances in which we find ourselves. For this edition of THE EXPLORERS JOURNAL, we check in on people who have more than made the best of it. Taking advantage of a forced quarantine off the coast of Hawaii, the crew of a state-of-the-art research vessel, Pacific Constructor, used their idle hours at sea to search for and map the deep-water wreck-site of the USS Nevada, a battleship that was sunk in the wake of World War II. Marine archaeologist James Delgado—along with fellow researchers Michael Arbuthnot…

1 min.
famous firsts

AS WE PROGRESS THROUGH YEAR THREE OF THE FAMOUS FIRSTS ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN, YOUR SUPPORT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER. MEMBERS OF THE EXPLORERS CLUB HAVE A HISTORY TO PRESERVE AND A FUTURE IN WHICH TO INVEST. THIS ANNUAL FUND SERVES BOTH OF THOSE PURPOSES AND CREATES A STABLE, REPETITIVE SOURCE OF REVENUE. OUR GOAL THIS YEAR IS TO EXPAND PARTICIPATION AND TO ADDRESS THE CRITICAL NEEDS OF OUR CLUB: AN AMBITIOUS AGENDA FOR GRANTS, EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH, PRESERVATION OF OUR HISTORIC LOWELL THOMAS BUILDING, AND FIELD-SCIENCE ENDEAVORS. WE HAVE 33 CHAPTERS WITH MORE THAN 3,500 ACTIVE MEMBERS. OUR GRANT REVIEW COMMITTEES ARE COMPRISED OF MORE THAN 30 WORLD-CLASS EXPERTS, AND WE AWARD NEARLY 50 FLAGS EACH YEAR FOR SIGNIFICANT SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITIONS. MEMBERS OF THE FAMOUS FIRSTS ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN ARE PROUD OF…

1 min.
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 33CHAPTERS SPANNING THE GLOBE. For information regarding categories of membership—Fellow, Member, Friend, Term, and Student—and the process of election to The Explorers Club, visit us at www.explorers.org. The downloadable application sets forth qualifications for all levels of membership.…

5 min.
exploration news

CHALLENGING THE DEEP RING OF FIRE EXPEDITION SEES NOTABLES NOTCH NEW FIRSTS Ever since Explorers Club Medalist Victor Vescovo launched his Five Deeps Expedition in 2018, piloting his bespoke two-person Triton sub DSV Limiting Factor to the deepest places in Earth’s five oceans—in the case of the Pacific, reaching Challenger Deep multiple times—he has been smashing one record after another. But Vescovo, who made a bundle in private equity, has not been one to keep his $50-million toy all to himself. He has been sharing it not only with the research community, but also with fellow notable members of The Explorers Club, who took to the high seas this spring to put the sub through its paces as part of the six-month long Ring of Fire Expedition. Among those joining Vescovo have been…

2 min.
be immortalized at the explorers club

JOIN THE “EXPLORERS IMMORTALS” AND ENGRAVE YOUR NAME OR DEDICATION IN STONE ON NEW PAVERS FOR THE LEFRAK TERRACE AT EXPLORERS CLUB HEADQUARTERS. ADORN OUR LANDMARK OUTDOOR SPACE AND HELP PAY FOR URGENT WORK FOR PHASE II RENOVATIONS BY MAKING A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION OF $2,500 PER DEDICATED PAVER TO OUR LOWELL THOMAS BUILDING FUND. THE EXPLORERS CLUB WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING WHO HAVE PURCHASED A PAVER: Robert Ashton, James H. Alexander, John G. Alexander, Darlene T. Anderson, Jeanne D. Andlinger, Barbara Annan, Robert J. Aresty, Atlanta Chapter, Robert J. Atwater, Norman L. Baker, Andreas Bender, Josh Bernstein, John Bierley, Bruce Blanchard, John R. Bockstoce, Brian M. Boom, John R. Boreske Jr., Gary W. Bowersox, Lawson W. Brigham, Diane Britz-Lotti, Julianne M. Chase, James M. Clash, Allen S. Counter, Evan…