By Louise Chipley Slavicek
Girls Explorers chronicles the lives of six intrepid ladies whose starvation for event and information forced them on paths of discovery around the globe. Their discoveries not just introduced shops of knowledge on themes starting from historic dinosaur fossils to lifestyles in Tibet, but additionally challenged the verified roles of ladies of their fields. The daughter of a filthy rich planter, Alexander used her inheritance to fund learn for her passion--the traditional sciences. a variety of dinosaur species were named in her honor, and her legacy keeps on the college of California at Berkeley's museum of paleontology, for which Alexander supplied money and donated specimens.
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She immediately loved exploring and analyzing the species and specimens they found. One highlight of their trip was the majestic landscapes of the Cascade Mountains, including the dormant volcano Mount Shasta, seen here. wilderness of northern California and southern Oregon as far north as Crater Lake. Along the way, they would collect interesting plants, shoot photographs, bird watch, and just drink in the spectacular scenery. By the late nineteenth century, camping had emerged as a popular American pastime, especially for the urban middle class.
Early that year, Samuel Alexander, an avid hunter, invited his spirited 36-year-old daughter to join him on a safari to the wilds of eastern Africa. ” 24 From the perspective of the early twenty-first century, the Alexanders’ safari looks more like a wanton slaughter of innocent and endangered wildlife than the grand adventure that Annie believed it to be. When Annie and her father set off on their expedition 100 years ago, however, the African countryside was teeming with animals. Trophy hunting, it was widely assumed, would have scant impact on the continent’s extraordinarily abundant wildlife.
And we saw every morning the sun rise over miles of tall grass laden with dew . . and set behind Mt. Elgon whose gradual slopes reminded us very much of Haleakala 32 Hunting for Fossils and Big Game A few days later she remarked exultantly in a letter to her mother, “We have made every day count. ” 33 Before departing Africa to return home, Annie and Samuel decided to travel south to the Zambezi River in what was then the country of Rhodesia to view the celebrated Victoria Falls. Considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the huge waterfalls are one mile wide and plunge some 350 feet.
Annie Montague Alexander: Naturalist and Fossil Hunter (Women Explorers) by Louise Chipley Slavicek