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Zegrahm Expeditions Travel Resources

Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
April 12, 2017
Blog Post

When Englanders look to escape their busy everyday lives, many hop a ferry or turboprop for the short trip to the Channel Islands. Located in the English Channel off the French coast of Normandy, the easy-going archipelago welcomes with its windswept coasts and beautiful beaches, colorful fishing villages and cattle-dotted fields, bird-filled wetlands and more sunshine than any other place in the British Isles.

So it is difficult to imagine that these bucolic...

Isla Coiba, Panama
March 23, 2017
Blog Post

Snorkeling the protected waters around Isla Coiba, one encounters colorful parrotfish, red squirrelfish, and yellow pufferfish, along with grouper, rays, and three species of turtle. Located about 15 miles off the southern coast of Panama, Central America’s largest island is encircled by 335 acres of vibrant coral reef, the second largest in the Eastern Pacific. A new species of coral, Pacifigorgia marviva,...

Sahara Desert
March 9, 2017
Blog Post

Staring out across the vast sand dunes that lie beyond Dakhla, it seems inconceivable that the Sahara Desert was once lush with vegetation. Yet according to reports published in Science magazine and other leading scientific journals, a period of heavy monsoon rains that fell some 10,500 years ago turned the 3.8 million-square-mile Sahara into a semi-arid region that supported flora, fauna, and even human life.

Computer simulations of the Earth’s...

Exploring South Georgia
March 6, 2017
Blog Post

When most people think about the history of global adventure, it’s generally males whose names come to mind. Marco Polo, Ernest Shackleton, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Teddy Roosevelt are all icons, and rightly should be. But what about the female explorers and conservationists who defied archaic cultural mores and boldly dared to go where no women had gone before?

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is...

Polynesia
April 28, 2018
Blog Post

There are over 10,000 Polynesian islands in the central and southern Pacific Ocean. The region is generally defined by a triangle stretching from Hawaii in the north, to Easter Island in the east and New Zealand in the west. The main groups of Polynesian islands include the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, and various others.

In addition to their geographical location, these islands are tied together by their similar languages, cultures, and belief...

Hornbill Festival
February 15, 2017
Video

This November, we'll be traveling to India by Rail with the Hornbill Festival, with social anthropologist, Shirley Campbell. An annual rite of passage, watch as Shirley describes the festivities with...

Samarkand, Uzbekistan
February 14, 2017
Blog Post

Silk Road Travel is a transformative, transportive experience. You can close your eyes almost anywhere along the historic route through Central Asia and turn back the clock a thousand years. In the corners of your mind you see camel and horse caravans inching towards the horizon, heaving with silks, precious stones, and spices as they amble towards Europe. All around you, terra cotta domes, mosques, and dizzying mosaics vie for your attention.

For many years I had...

Gdansk, Poland
February 7, 2017
Blog Post

In 1961, the 17th-century Swedish warship Vasa was recovered from the Baltic Sea. King Gustavus Adolphus had spared no expense in building what was to be one of the most powerful warships of its day, carrying more than 60 cannons on two gun decks and decorated with exquisite sculptures of mythic gods and mermaids.

Sadly, the Vasa sank on its maiden voyage not far from the Stockholm harbor. More than 300 years later, its...

Kiel Canal, Germany
January 11, 2017
Blog Post

With all the gridlock on our roadways, we forget that some of the world’s busiest transportation routes aren’t even on dry land. The oldest-known canals date back to 4000 BC in Mesopotamia, where they were used for irrigation. Yet these artificial waterways have played an even more crucial economic role in the development of civilization. By utilizing a series of locks, dams, and other engineered structures, canals create alternative freight channels and regulate maritime traffic of...

Samarkand, Uzbekistan
January 10, 2017
Blog Post

The largest of the four ‘Stans, Kazakhstan is a country of steppes landscaped with vast plains and hilly plateaus crisscrossed by rivers and lakes, including the Aral Sea, within its boundaries. While the geography of the other ‘Stans varies from ruggedly mountainous Kyrgyzstan to the deserts and irrigated fertile belt of Turkmenistan, there is a shared commonality of historical development among the region, with Kazakhstan’s history representational for the region.

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