Showing posts with label Madagascar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Madagascar. Show all posts

Video: Climbing Big Walls in Madagascar

Earlier today I posted a story about three Belgian climbers completing a free ascent of the Central Tower in Torres del Paine. Two of those climbers were Sean Vilanueva and Siebe Vanhee, both of whom you'll find in this video as they travel to Madagascar to climb big walls in that country. While there, they discovered a completely unclimbed line on Tsaranoro Atsimo and set out to see if they could make the first ascent. This is the story of that expedition.

Have Scientists Discovered Evidence of a Lost Continent?

We received further proof this week that we don't really know as much about our own planet as we like to think we do. That somber reminder came when scientists announced that they had discovered evidence of a previously unknown continental crust located under the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, indicating that there was once a landmass – which is now being called Mauritia – in that area that hadn't been accounted for before.

This revelation came about when researchers discovered zircon crystals in rocks on Mauritius. Those crystals are believed to be over 2 billion years old, while the island itself is a mere 9 million, which in geological terms is practically a newborn.

At the moment, scientists don't know much about Mauritia or what may have happened to it. But, the report indicates that the crystals are about the same age as those found on the island of Madagascar, leading some to speculate that it was once a part of this lost continent as well. If you know anything about Madagascar, you probably already know that it is a bit of an anomaly itself, with plant and animal life found nowhere else on the planet, and unique geological structures that are all of its own.

Chances are, we may never know what this lost continent was like or how it was destroyed, but knowledge of its existence fundamentally changes the way we view our planet. It also tells us that there are forces at work that we don't know about, even here on Earth. We have a lot to learn, that much is certain. But these kinds of discoveries are always fascinating.

Video: The Rarest Whale in the World

The Balaenoptera Omurai – aka Ombre's Whale – is one of the rarest species of whales on the planet. In fact, scientists know very little about them, but have been trying to study them for years. This is one of the first times they have been captured on video, as researchers have been studying a pod of 25 individuals off the coast of Madagascar. As you'll see, these large mammals are unique in shape, and utterly fascinating. It makes you wonder what other species of sea creatures are still out there, waiting for us to discover them.

Video: The Madagascar Karst Exploration Project

In October of 2014, a team of expedition divers traveled to Madagascar to explore a series of underwater caves located in the Tsimanampetsotsa National Park. The discovered some amazing subterranean chambers, and found an incredibly diverse number of fossils hidden beneath the water. The expedition was quite an adventure, and the 23-minute documentary video below tells the story with some fantastic underwater footage that has to be seen to be believed. Amazing stuff for sure.

The Madagascar Karst Exploration Porject from DRSS on Vimeo.

Family of Adventurers Will Spend 16-Months Walking the Length of Madagascar

Here at The Adventure Blog, I often write about individual, and teams, of adventurers who are setting off on some amazing journey that will take them to the ends of the Earth. It isn't all that often that I can write about an entire family going on a fantastic adventure together. That is exactly what is happening for one family however, as they are spending 16-months walking the length of Madagascar, covering approximately 2500 km (1553 miles) together.

Alexandre and Sonia Poussin are certainly no strangers to adventure. They once spent three years walking the length of Africa on a journey that covered more than 14,000 km (8700 miles). That adventure took place back in 2001, and a lot has changed since then. For instance, the couple has added too children to their lives, with Phylaé, age 6, and Ulysse, age 9, keeping them plenty busy. But now that the kids have grown some, the decision was made to begin yet another long trek.

The family is calling their expedition Madatrek, and they are undertaking the journey in part to explore a region of the world that they have never visited, and as a way to introduce the children to the importance of helping others. The Poussin family is assisting with several NGOs along their trek, and lending a hand to local villages where they can.

The journey actually began back in May, and the family has been making steady progress heading on their trek ever since. They launched the trip in the southern portion of Madagascar, and have been heading in a northerly direction for the past several month. The family is using a specially built cart to carry all of their gear and supplies while out on the road, and they are trying to remain as self-sufficient as possible on the journey. While they have managed to cover quite a bit of distance already, they aren't in any particular hurry to complete their walk. The children are continuing their studies along the way, while Alexandre and Sonia promote the efforts of the NGOs that they are working with.

You can follow the family's progress on the MadaTrek website and on their Facebook page. Expedition sponsor Hi-Tec footwear is also posting updates to their website as well, as all four members of the Poussin family are wearing hiking shoes made by the company on this 16-month long adventure.