Feb. 04, 2011

Constanza Ceruti, High Altitude Archaeologist

by Milbry Polk

Constanza Ceruti is an Argentinean archaeologist who studies ceremonial sites associated with mountains around the world. I have climbed over 100 mountains -- many of them solo -- to survey the peaks. I have found that nearly every mountain has meaning given to it by the local people. In collaboration with other archaeologists, I discovered several mummies of children who were offered as a sacrifice to the mountain deities in Argentina during the time of the Incan Empire.

Dream Job, Milbry Polk
Feb. 16, 2011

Chilean Fjords

by Milbry Polk

I have just finished a most wonderful excursion through a wilder part of the world, nearly devoid of human activity; a place of great beauty and one of titanic geologic force. We left Ushuaia, Argentina in a hail of rainbows, forged through storms, and sailed across glistening still waters, swept past towering volcanoes, and got up close to enormous glaciers for two weeks, until we reached Valparaiso, Chile.

Milbry Polk, Geology, vulcanology
Feb. 16, 2011

Constanza Ceruti’s Ascent of Osorno

by Milbry Polk

Leaving Santiago, Constanza Ceruti and I flew to Puerto Montt where we had been invited to the lake home of publisher, artist, and philanthropist Roberto Edwards. Constanza -- a high altitude archaeologist and alpinist -- and I journeyed here so she could climb the volcano Osorno. From Puerto Montt we drove towards Osorno, which at 2661 meters, towers over the region.

Milbry Polk, alpine science, exploration
Feb. 08, 2011

Captain Dag Saevik, The World

by Milbry Polk

"I was always thinking about working on ships and in 1979 I decided to go to sea,“ said Captain Saevik. He began his career as an electrician and then went to sea as a deckhand to see if liked that life. He did, so applied and was accepted at the Maritime Academy in Tonsberg, Norway. It took him eleven years of study, and working his way up the ladder, to eventually become a captain. He joined the ship, The World, when it was being built nine years ago.

Dream Job, Milbry Polk
Jan. 31, 2011

Tips for Visiting Volcanoes

by Milbry Polk

We are sailing on The World in a region known for volcanoes. Catherine Hickson is a Canadian geologist who works with geothermal energy from volcanoes. She studied at the University of British Columbia, where she began working with the Geological Survey of Canada. One of her tasks was to make regional maps and detailed studies of volcanoes. This was a huge task as there are over 200 young volcanoes in British Columbia, where she was posted, most of which are in remote areas.

Milbry Polk
Jan. 25, 2011

Exploring Usuaia

by Milbry Polk

I am staying in a hotel perched high on the mountain that gives me a commanding view of the port and the Beagle Channel. Snow-covered mountains, the Patagonian Andes, cascade into the sea around us. Small islands dot the distance in either direction. South lies Antarctica.

Milbry Polk
Jan. 24, 2011

The Art of Exploration

by Milbry Polk

TalkingScience field correspondent, Milbry Polk, reports from The Art of Exploration event in Fort Worth, Texas. The event, which she helped organize, brought together explorers and scientists from all over the world to lead workshops that reached hundreds of fifth, sixth, and seventh graders.

Milbry Polk
Nov. 09, 2010

Royal Canadian Geographical Society 2010 Annual Meeting

by Milbry Polk

Last week, TalkingScience blogger Milbry Polk attended the Royal Canadian Geographical Society annual meeting in Ottawa, Canada. Geography is an umbrella, embracing diverse disciplines including anthropology, geology, climatology, and biology. The event was crowded with Canadian scientists, explorers, geographers, and supporters. Click through to read Milbry's impressions and to see a slideshow of photos from the event.

Events & Exhibits, Milbry Polk, exploration, explorers, rcgs, royal canadian geographical society
Oct. 25, 2010

PopTech Day 4

by Milbry Polk

 TalkingScience is delighted to have recruited Milbry Polk as our POP! TECH correspondent. Over the past few days, she has sent us dispatches from the annual POP! TECH conference in Camden, Maine. Click through to read her impressions of the final day of the conference and to see a slideshow of photos from the event. You can hear many of the amazing talks Milbry writes about archived online at http://www.poptech.org/popcasts

Events & Exhibits, Milbry Polk, PopTech, PopTech 2010
Oct. 23, 2010

PopTech Day 3

by Milbry Polk

TalkingScience is delighted to have recruited Milbry Polk as our POP! TECH 2010 correspondent. Over the next few days, she’ll be reporting to us from the annual POP! TECH conference in Camden, Maine. Click through to read her impressions of the third day and to see a slideshow of photos from the event. You can also hear the amazing talks firsthand through the PopTech 2010 livestream at http://poptech.org/live

Events & Exhibits, Milbry Polk, PopTech, PopTech 2010
Oct. 22, 2010

PopTech Day 2

by Milbry Polk

TalkingScience is delighted to have recruited Milbry Polk as our POP! TECH 2010 correspondent. Over the next few days, she’ll be reporting to us from the annual POP! TECH conference in Camden, Maine. Click through to read her impressions of the second day -- including profiles of Hayat Sindhi, Nigel Waller, and Andre Yap -- and to see a slideshow of photos from the event. You can also hear the amazing talks firsthand through the PopTech 2010 livestream at http://poptech.org/live

Milbry Polk, PopTech, PopTech 2010
Oct. 21, 2010

PopTech Day 1

by Milbry Polk

TalkingScience is delighted to have recruited Milbry Polk as our PopTech 2010 correspondent. Over the next few days, she'll be reporting to us from the annual PopTech conference in Camden, Maine. Click through to read her impressions of the first day and see a slideshow of photos. You can also hear the amazing talks firsthand through the PopTech 2010 livestream at http://poptech.org/live

Milbry Polk, PopTech, PopTech

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