Following in the footsteps of the epic BBC Planet Earth series, this study abroad will explore the diversity of life on planet Earth from its driest deserts, to wet coastal forests, volcanoes, glaciers, fjords, and the abundance of life in rivers and oceans. Our adventure will begin in Utah by exploring the mysterious life in deserts, high mountain forests, limestone caves, and canyoneering and biking treks through Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef National Parks. Along the way we will visit both the oldest living and largest organisms on earth! Our expedition will continue to England where we will survey the immense diversity of life found in the museums, gardens, forests, and grasslands in and around London.
At our next stop, we will investigate how life begins on lava flows then changes with temperature and moisture by hiking among the volcanoes of Iceland. While trekking across Iceland’s volcanoes and glaciers, and under its northern skies, we will discover the basic geology and astronomy underlying the remarkable story of how earth came to support such abundant and complex life forms. Finally, our travels will take us to the majestic coasts and rugged snow-capped mountains of Norway with its abundant wildlife and fisheries, and its world-famous glaciers, waterfalls, and fjords. Experiences will include mountain and glacier hikes, kayaking through the coastal fjords, and fishing along the coastal water. We will also immerse ourselves in the villages and cultures of Iceland and Norway along the way.
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