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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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Mangrove near Aldabra Atoll
April 19, 2006
Blog Post

What plant appears to walk out and over water, grows its roots upward to "breathe," has seeds that germinate before they fall, eliminates salt from its pores, and serves as a nursery for baby tropical fish?

Why, the incredible, inter-tidal, flowering mangrove, of course! This tropical and sub-tropical tree boasts a unique adaptability that allows it to make a happy home in the harshest of conditions--a twice-daily immersion in salt water, and heavy, stinky mud without oxygen to...

Iceberg near Labrador
January 19, 2006
Blog Post

Dr. Ralph Eshelman is a specialist in maritime history, polar exploration, and paleontology. He has served as geologist and historian for Zegrahm Expeditions and has traveled extensively through Greenland and Labrador. In our Q & A below, he offers us insight into the wonders of seldom-visited Labrador.

Labrador is often referred to as "a last great wilderness frontier." What gives it this designation? Labrador is largely unpopulated by humans except...

Toraja, Indonesia
January 19, 2006
Blog Post

Borneo, Sulawesi, Sumba, Sumbawa, Bali...For me, few places conjure up the magical essence of the tropics like the islands in the western South Pacific. This is among the most foliage-rich and photogenic regions on earth and one I return to often with great anticipation of what I might next discover.

Active volcanoes seem to soar out of the sea and hover overhead, emitting occasional plumes of steam and smoke. Rainforests provide pristine habitat for the man-like orangutan,...

Baining Fire Dancers
September 19, 2005
Blog Post

A remote tropical jungle, populated by "primitive" peoples, New Guinea is the largest island of Oceania and a place of extremes. Geographically hostile terrain, vast rivers, and scattered islands, this is home to over 800 ethnic-language groups. The country of Papua New Guinea is situated on the eastern portion of New Guinea, while on the other side, West Papua is a province of the Republic of Indonesia.

The hypnotic sounds of the New Britain Baining fire dancers were still...

Dancers, Georgia
September 19, 2005
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Many people are familiar with the story of Jason and the Argonauts. Yet, how many know Colchis, Jason's destination in his quest for the Golden Fleece, is actually situated in present-day Georgia, a country steeped in legend and myth, ruggedly beautiful, rarely visited by outsiders, and one of the unique destinations offered on our voyage Circumnavigation of the Black Sea?

As an expedition leader for Zegrahm, I had the good luck to be called upon to lead our own Black Sea odyssey,...

Outrigger Canoe
March 19, 2005
Blog Post

To me the perfect icon for Oceania's tropical island people would be the common canoe, crafted from a single log and fitted with an outrigger for balance. This ubiquitous little boat typifies not only the craftsmanship of island people, but is a world-class example of environmental sustainability at its very best. The canoe of today, virtually identical to those described by Captain Cook, is still constructed of local natural materials and recycled when its journeys are finished. These boats...

Unimak Island
January 19, 2001
Blog Post

The remote Aleutian Islands of Alaska, designated a Biosphere Reserve by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, offer seafaring explorers spectacular scenery and experiences beyond one's imagination. Lofty belching volcanoes rise above the clouds, tremendous onshore colonies and offshore feeding groups of seabirds thrill the wildlife enthusiast, and lush emerald hillsides painted with vividly-colored wildflowers invite hikers and botanists to explore....

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