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BBC Video Report on Aral Sea
Sea Of Cortez - Gulf of California


Please visit the BBC website for many high quality news reports: http://www.bbc.co.uk/

====>Click to View "Loan to Help Save Aral Sea" 9 Apr 2007

The Kazakhstan government has secured a multi-million dollar loan to help save the Aral Sea.

====>Click to View "New Dam Hope for Shrinking Sea" 18 May 2005

A new dam project is being hailed as the last hope of survival for the rapidly shrinking Aral Sea in Central Asia. The 13km dam will separate the smaller northern part of the sea from the larger Southern Aral Sea. Jim Fish reports.

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Remembering the Gulf: Changes in the Sea of Cortez since Steinbeck and Ricketts' 1940 Expedition by Raphael D. Sagarin, Ph.D.

====>Click to hear "Changes in the Sea of Cortez" Part 1

====>Click to hear "Changes in the Sea of Cortez" Part 2

====>Click to hear "Changes in the Sea of Cortez" Q & A

Sunday, February 11, 2006, 5:00 pm, Raphael D. Sagarin, Ph.D., Remembering the Gulf: Changes in the Sea of Cortez since Steinbeck and Ricketts' 1940 Expedition

One of the most well-known biological expeditions is the 1940 trip to the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) by author John Steinbeck and his close friend Edward F. Ricketts, a professional biologist. Steinbeck and Ricketts visited 20 tidepool sites spread across the Gulf and made extensive collections while taking notes on the fauna and natural history of the region.

In 2004 Raphael retraced the Steinbeck and Ricketts journey, visiting the same sites during the same time of year. Using the extensive scientific and literary records made by Steinbeck and Ricketts as a historical baseline, they were able to show massive ecological changes to Sea of Cortez since 1940. These changes affect the tidepool and open water species as well as the coastal human communities of Mexico. Steinbeck and Ricketts were ahead of their time in terms of thinking about the connections between all aspects of a natural system. By putting their work in historical and global context, we can see how changes to the Sea of Cortez are directly tied to devastating changes scientists are observing throughout the Earth's oceans.

Raphael Sagarin, Ph.D., is Associate Director for Ocean and Coastal Policy at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University


This Event was organized by The Chapel Hill Institute for Cultural and Language Education (CHICLE): Please visit there website (http://www.chi-cle.com) and subscribe to their email list of cultural events:

CHICLE is a full-service, locally owned language institute located in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, North Carolina. We benefit from our location near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and are able to teach a wide variety of languages, as well as some advanced classes that combine language and literature. We have an excellent program for both children and adults. Telephone: (919) 933-0398; Email: chicle@chi-cle.com

During the talk the point is made of purchasing sustainable fish. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Website can help in your next seafood purchase. Another organization, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) works to safeguard the world's seafood supply by promoting the best environmental choice.

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