Explorers-in-Residence Underwater in Africa

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Don’t
miss out on an exciting current event connection that will engage students in
learning about Gabon, conservation, research, and marine protected areas!

 

Explorers-in-Residence
Mike Fay and Enric Sala are at it again and off on their latest adventure. This
time the pair is headed to Gabon in Africa to explore and survey its land and
ocean. Mike will lead the expedition and will conduct terrestrial surveys,
while Enric will lead marine research that studies Gabon’s marine ecosystems.

 

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Aerial view of the Atlantic cost of Petit-Loango Reserve. Photo by Michael Nichols.

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Best
known for its abundant land animals like gorillas, chimpanzees, forest
elephants, and hippos, this expedition aims to study the area’s underwater
life. Gabon has hundreds of kilometers of pristine beaches and coastal lagoons,
but little is known about the country’s underwater life. This expedition hopes to
learn more about Gabon’s underwater environment, from shallow depths to the deep
ocean. With any luck, the knowledge gained will inspire the government to protect
what is discovered there.

 

Be
a part of the expedition by following the expedition blog
as Enric and Mike report back from the field over the next few weeks.  Use the resources listed below to add context
to these explorers’ exciting adventures.

 

Downloadable,
Printable Map of Gabon

http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/mapping/outline-map/?map=Gabon&ar_a=1

 

Collection
on Africa

http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/topics/africa/?ar_a=1

 

Encyclopedic
Entry: COASTS

http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/encyclopedia/coast/?ar_a=1

 

Video:
What is a Marine Reserve?

http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/multimedia/what-marine-reserve/kd/?ar_a=1

 

Collection
on Conservation

http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/topics/conservation/?ar_a=1

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