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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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Panama Canal, Panama
February 20, 2008
Blog Post

Our 2008 Rainforests and Reefs expedition to Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama recently returned and we are excited to share with you some video footage of our transit through the Panama Canal onboard Le Levant. As you can see from the entry below, it was a truly memorable day. 

Our Panama Canal Transit
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Bigge Island
January 19, 2008
Blog Post

More than 50,000 years ago Australia’s original inhabitants arrived from Sundaland (Southeast Asia). They arrived in the area we now call the Kimberley, the northwest corner of the land of Sahul, or greater Australia. How and why they came here is the subject of great conjecture and debate but it is certain that they had to make significant sea crossings to do so. These were, in all probability, the first open sea journeys undertaken by homo sapiens—in an ancient time that surely...

Palm Trees
October 19, 2007
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The coconut palm—that elegant lanky symbol for tropical island paradise—is also one of the most fascinating trees on the planet. Its statistics honor the Cocos nucifera—literally monkey-face nut fruit—with superlatives: It has the largest leaf in the plant kingdom, the largest seed, the largest inflorescence (flower cluster), and is one of the oldest known flowering plants—fossils date it back to some 120 million years ago, to the Cretaceous period, or Age of Dinosaurs.

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Amphoras at the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology
April 19, 2007
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In 1960, George F. Bass, then a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, learned to dive in order to excavate a Bronze Age shipwreck off Cape Gelidonya, on Turkey's southern coast. This was the first scientific excavation of a site beneath the water, and not only represented a revolution in archaeology, but also helped rewrite scholars' understanding of ancient trade in the Mediterranean three thousand years ago.

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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...

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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