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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
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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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Kofiau Archipelago, Raja Ampat
October 19, 2007
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Growing up in southeastern Pennsylvania, there was neither an ocean nor was the term biodiversity ever used. But I was fascinated with fish. Like my Dad and Grandpa Grove, I loved to go fishing in the local streams and the Susquehanna River for rainbow trout, shad, and bass. During summer vacations on the Atlantic coast, croaker, blue fish, and flounder danced in my dreams, and sometimes on the end of my line. I was also enthralled watching fish in aquariums; I even had one of my own in...

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.

The example...

January 19, 2007
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If it's a given that the best moments of a journey happen spontaneously, then the Expedition Stop day on a Zegrahm itinerary is surely serendipity in its finest hour. In our brochures, among the carefully crafted day by day descriptions, those words dangle a tantalizing lure to those of us easily reeled in by the promise of adventure.

I recently had the pleasure of joining my first Zegrahm voyage-Brunei to Bali-aboard the Clipper Odyssey. First times to any...

Inspiring Indochina
April 19, 2006
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Kim Saunders has lived in Hong Kong and Indonesia and is a current resident of Singapore. A passionate student of Asian culture, with a special interest and expertise in regional textiles, she is a frequent lecturer with Zegrahm, energetically leading groups into local markets, and promoting appreciation for locally produced handicrafts.

I've been hooked on Indochina for a long time now, and our recent October journey to Cambodia and Vietnam served to emphasize the...

Mangrove near Aldabra Atoll
April 19, 2006
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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
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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
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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,...

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