Science in the Wild Blog

Ice Lake – September 18, 2019

Ice Lake – September 18, 2019 Over the last week, we’ve been climbing peaks in the Elk Mountains and San Juan Mountains of Colorado for the Summits, Songs and Science project. Crisp mountain air and spectacular mountain vistas greeted us. Perhaps the most...

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Coral Bleaching – September 11, 2019

Coral Bleaching – September 11, 2019 After the Science in the Wild Kilimanjaro expedition, it was off to explore Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of eastern Africa. This region is known for its gorgeous water and coral reefs. Mnemba Atoll,...

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Dendrosenecios – September 4, 2019

Dendrosenecios – September 4, 2019 For the last week, we’ve been on Kilimanjaro and have seen different vegetation zones of the volcano. My favorite? Seeing the dendrosenecios, giant groundsels that evolved about 1 million years ago. They are well adapted...

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Ol Doinyo Lengai – August 28, 2019

Ol Doinyo Lengai – August 28, 2019 If Dr. Seuss designed a volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai would be it! From navigating mazes of 5-foot tall volcanic ash flows, to scooting along “cookies and cream” layers of volcanic flows, to hopping over volcanic...

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Kilimanjaro – August 21, 2019

Kilimanjaro – August 21, 2019 It’s Science Wednesday and we’re gearing up for our Kilimanjaro expedition! Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft./5895 m) is considered a dormant stratovolcano in the East African Rift and is the highest dormant volcano outside of...

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Granite Peak – August 14, 2019

Granite Peak – August 14, 2019 It’s Science Wednesday! Ricardo and I are on Granite Peak in Montana this week for the Summits, Songs and Science Project. By the time this post goes up, ideally we’ll be making our way to the summit! Granite Peak is...

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Arctic Mirages – August 7, 2019

Arctic Mirages – August 7, 2019 Today’s Science Wednesday is about Arctic mirages. I took this photo from the bridge of the Polar Pioneer, a 70-meter long ship with reinforced hull for ice breaking. The image shows a “fata morgana” of the...

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Importance of Science – July 31, 2019

Importance of Science – July 31, 2019 This week’s Science Wednesday comes courtesy of guest blogger, Ricardo Peña, who talks about the importance of science and rational thinking in this modern world. Check out the video on our Facebook...

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Warming Arctic – July 24, 2019

Warming Arctic – July 24, 2019 I’ve been aboard the Polar Pioneer ship, circumnavigating the Svalbard archipelago, close to the North Pole with Aurora Expeditions this last week. Svalbard is built on permanently frozen ground called permafrost. For years,...

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Lunar Landing Anniversary – July 17, 2019

Lunar Landing Anniversary – July 17, 2019 The 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing is approaching. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step foot on another planetary body. Indeed, it was “one small step for (a)...

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Bennu the Asteroid – July 10, 2019

Bennu the Asteroid – July 10, 2019 Bennu is a carbonaceous asteroid that was discovered on September 11, 1999. It is a potentially hazardous object that has a 1-in-2700 chance of impacting Earth between the years 2175 and 2199. Bennu is the target of...

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Solar Eclipse – July 3, 2019

Solar Eclipse – July 3, 2019   We’re down in Montevideo, Uruguay at the moment and our visit overlapped with a solar eclipse. In Montevideo, it was a partial eclipse (95%) and the maximum coverage occurred right around sunset. Did you know that during...

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T-rex in Space! – June 26, 2019

T-rex in Space! – June 26, 2019 Earlier this week, I went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Sharing with you today something out-of-this-world! Back in 1992, a house was being constructed in Littleton, Colorado. During...

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Size – and Shape – Does Matter – June 19, 2019

Size – and Shape – Does Matter – June 19, 2019 Today we’re hosting Dr. Carl Schmitt, a scientist from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO, who specializes in cloud physics. “Size does matter, and so does...

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Survival – June 12, 2019

Survival – June 12, 2019 Our topic today is on survival. On Friday, October 13, 1972 Uruguayan Air Force flight 571 took off from Mendoza, Argentina to Santiago, Chile for a planned rugby match. The plane never made it. It crashed at nearly 12,000 ft. above sea...

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Flooding – June 5, 2019

Flooding – June 5, 2019 For the past few days, we’ve been on the road in the Midwest with the Summits, Songs and Science project. While on the way to get Iowa’s highpoint, driving from Chicago to the northwest corner of Iowa, we crossed the...

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Core Beliefs – May 29, 2019

Core Beliefs – May 29, 2019 Why does humanity have such a hard time accepting new facts and evidence? A lot of it stems from what’s called “core beliefs.” These are beliefs that people cherish the most deeply. They usually develop in childhood...

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Atmospheric CO2 – May 22, 2019

Atmospheric CO2 – May 22, 2019 A few weeks ago, Ricardo and I were on the Big Island of Hawaii, hiking Mauna Kea for the “Summits, Songs and Science” project. We also had time to explore Mauna Loa, including seeing the observatory where scientists...

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Meteor Crater – May 15, 2019

Meteor Crater – May 15, 2019 50,000 years ago, an iron-nickel meteorite about 150 feet across and weighing several hundred thousand tons struck a rocky plain in northern Arizona at over 26,000 mph and with an explosive force greater than 20 million tons of TNT....

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Earthquakes! – May 8, 2019

Earthquakes! – May 8, 2019 The Earth is an active place and every day, earthquakes happen somewhere on the planet. The National Earthquake Information Center (Golden, Colorado) locates about 12,000 – 14,000 earthquakes worldwide each year! On average,...

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