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Fun Fact Friday: Betamax

Fun Fact Friday: Betamax

Did you know that Sony still manufactures Betamax video tapes? It’s true! Sony recently made an announcement that in March of 2016, they’re finally discontinuing the format. This came as a great surprise to those of us who thought that it had been discontinued 20 or 30 years ago! For those of you who are

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Mount Kilimanjaro Virtual Field Trip Today!

Hosted at St. Vrain Valley School District, the Virtual Field Trip will provide students with the opportunity to hear about Mount Kilimanjaro first-hand from educators who climbed the mountain. They will learn about collecting environmental data on the mountain’s six biomes and meet a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist to discuss the SMAP Mission, a

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Fun Fact Friday: Cheese

Did you know that specialized sellers of cheese are known as cheesemongers? It’s true! Becoming a cheesemonger takes training, years of experience, and the best part…..tasting lots of cheese! Making cheese  is another highly specialized field, and it’s no wonder, because there are hundreds of different kinds of cheese. From large cheese factories to small

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Kilimanjaro Expedition Travel Journal 8

SUMMIT DAY Crater Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp 18,398 to 19,340 to 10,498 feet Alpine Desert to Summit WE HAVE MADE IT TO THE SUMMIT! It is currently 10:30 local time. We made it to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa! It was a very long climb, over many

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Kilimanjaro Expedition Travel Journal Entry 7

Kossovo Camp to Crater Camp 16,000 to 18,398 feet Alpine Desert to Summit We had a long day today. We spent 7 hours walking what seemed like straight up, through skree (loose rock) and volcanic ash. About mid-day, right on schedule (like previous days), the clouds came in and the temperature dropped. It became very, very, cold.

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Kilimanjaro Expedition Travel Journal Entry 6

Karanga Camp to Kossovo Camp 12,998 to 16,000 feet Alpine Desert Today was a very long and tough hike. We passed Barafu Camp on our way to Kossove Camp. Barafu, translating to ice in Swahili should give you some idea as to the temperature at this elevation. Each night the students continue to answer questions

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Kilimanjaro Expedition Travel Journal Entry 5

Lava Tower to Karanga Camp 14,442 to 12,998 feet Moorland to Alpine Desert Today we hiked through the most magical part of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Barranco Valley. We made our way through a moss forest and then to the Valley where the Giant Lobelia and Senecio trees which are found nowhere else in the world. The Lobelia,

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Kilimanjaro Expedition Travel Journal Entry 4

Shira 1 Camp to Lava Tower 11,499 to 14,442 feet Heath Zone to Moorland Today we stopped to take a close look at the skull and bones of an elephant that is thought to be killed around 1980. It is amazing that such a big animal made it so far up the mountain. We are at

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