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Xpedition: Kilimanjaro, to the top of Africa

Take your students on the adventure of a lifetime

Date: 24 September 2009 - 2 October 2009

Explore the Roof of Africa without leaving your classroom. This September, Follow in the footsteps of a Team of GLOBE Students, Educators & Scientists as they attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in all of Africa.

GLOBE Teachers and Students around the world are invited to interact with Xpedition Members via e-mail while on the mountain. The Team will answer questions about their research as well as their experiences climbing the tallest free standing mountain on earth.

Visit the Xpedition's web page to gain access to and learn more about the GLOBE Seasons & Biomes Project and Protocols, as well as the science being conducted on the mountain. Follow the action of this walking classroom on the Xpedition Journal and experience the Beauty of Africa through the eyes of GLOBE's young explorers on the Xpedition's Members page.

The Xpedition will put a face on a complex and sometimes seemingly remote issue of climate change and illuminate the connections between changes on the far side of the world and changes we may come to experience in our own backyards.

The Xpedition will tell the stories of shifting biomes and shrinking glaciers of Mt. Kilimanjaro, located near the equator in Africa. This connection will help young people understand the implications of global climate change in a fundamentally different way than available through classroom study alone. The Xpedition's students and educators along with Dr. Kenji Yoshikawa, University of Alaska Fairbanks, one of the world's leading authorities on permafrost research and Dr. Ming-Ying Wei, Manager of Education Programs at NASA, will share eyewitness accounts of the unique ecological community of Kilimanjaro. They will also contribute scientific measurements to compare with previous research and serve as a comparative baseline for future GLOBE Students to examine the effects of climate change that threaten the entire ecosystem of thisWorld Natural Heritage Site.

Find out more about this event
What is GLOBE?
The GLOBE Program is an international environmental education project.
Schools gather environmental data and share it world-wide using the internet.

Find out more at www.globe.gov
GLOBE Africa (22 participating countries) is one of the 5 regions of the international GLOBE program (110 countries).

GIAC Chairman:
Mr. Mark Brettenny (South Africa)

For more information go to the international website:

Collaborating Organizations in Africa: