Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
Regardless of which continent you are on, one surefire destination guaranteed to attracts throngs of backpacked travelers, curious locals and members of the scientific community are the thundering waterfalls that checker many countries. Even remote Antarctica is home to the five-story Blood Falls, a waterfall that eerily resembles the scene of a very grisly (and large) murder scene due to the water’s high salinity and rich iron content.
While Blood Falls’ flow can be described as more of a trickle, Argentina’s Iguazú Falls enthralls visitors through its sheer volume. Comprised of anywhere between 150 and 300 falls depending on the water level, Iguazú Falls is capable of filling 65 Olympic-sized swimming pools every second. All of this water nurtures a vibrant jungle ecosystem, which includes over 2,000 species of fauna, 448 species of birds and more than 80 mammals.
These living organisms and grand views provided the backdrop for THINK Global School’s visit to Iguazú Falls this term. Prior to the visit, Daniel Garvey’s 9th and 10th grade science classes had been learning about nutrient cycles, and specifically how nutrients are able to flow back and forth through an ecosystem. Visiting Iguazú provided the perfect experiential component to the lesson, as the students were able to journey under the falls in a large rubber boat and ascend to the top by foot.
Media Specialist Lindsay Clark was able to capture the following amazing footage during the trip, including Daniel providing a comprehensive breakdown of Iguazú’s spectacular water cycle:
Do you have a natural wonder that you would recommend to travelers? Let us know in the comments below!