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The Explorers Journal

The Explorers Journal

Winter 2020-2021

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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2 min.
the best is yet to come

President Despite the global challenges that we have faced over the past year, I am happy to report that The Explorers Club is expanding its reach in a manner that our founding members could not have imagined more than a century ago. And most of this recent progress has come as a result of deep introspection, which began with fundamental questions: Who are we as an institution? And, more importantly, who do we want to be? Certainly, the idea of making the world a better place is often at the heart of why we all volunteer or participate in nonprofit organizations like the Club. To this end, our goal is to provide a forum for intellectual exchange in which explorers do not need to worry about their color, creed, or sexual orientation.…

1 min.
risk and reward

Editor-in-Chief For this edition of THE EXPLORERS JOURNAL, we venture into the minds of our fellow explorers in an effort to glean insight into how they view the world and how their ground-breaking research has challenged our own perceptions of it. For this issue’s cover story, glaciologists Jason Gulley and Matt Covington teamed up with Canadian ice climber Will Gadd to gain access to a suite of moulins, vast ephemeral voids in the Greenland ice sheet that are providing a window on the dynamics of its accelerating melt. As they discovered during their expeditions, the mechanics of seasonal meltwater flow and ice sheet movement are not at all what glaciologists had expected—turning out instead to be a terrifyingly beautiful phenomenon that has major implications for the modeling of future melt scenarios in…

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.…

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: Mark Allio, Joanna Allman, James H. Alexander, John G. Alexander, Darlene T. Anderson, Jeanne D. Andlinger, Barbara Annan, Robert J. Aresty, Robert Ashton, 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., Jill Botway, Gary W. Bowersox, Lawson W. Brigham, Diane Britz-Lotti, Charles A. Burroughs, Julianne…

16 min.
moulins bleus

With a surface area of 1.7 million square kilometers, the Greenland ice sheet is second in size only to that which cloaks Antarctica and covers some 79 percent of the largest island on Earth. If the ice sheet were to melt—and melting it is in the face of climate change—it would result in a worldwide sea-level rise of 6 meters. For the past two decades, glaciologists have been working to understand the mechanics of the melt, but their models had largely fallen short when it came to explaining the exponential rate at which it was happening. That was until recently, when a trio of intrepid explorers ventured into a suite of moulins, vast ephemeral ice caves previously thought too dangerous to investigate. THE EXPLORERS JOURNAL caught up with glaciologists Matt…