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The Foundation Mamont - Explorers Club World Exploration Challenge

Call to all Full Members and Fellows!

$100,000 for Expeditions


We are proud to present The Foundation Mamont - Explorers Club World Exploration Challenge made possible through the generous support of The Foundation Mamont (Founder, Explorers Club Fellow Dr. Frederik Paulsen). All Explorers Club Members and Fellows in good standing are invited to apply for up to $100,000 toward a flag-worthy expedition in 2014-2015.

Click here to download the application, and read below to learn more about the requirements and conditions for applying.

If you have any further questions, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Dr. Paulsen is a dedicated and supportive Club Fellow and Honorary Director. For an exciting account of his expedition history, you can click here to read a profile from Forbes Magazine.






Flag # 215: Mars the Magnificent with Richard Lundgren

This Explorers Club flag expedition is headed by Club Fellow Richard Lundgren along with Leigh Bishop and includes two other Club Fellows - Jarrod Jablonski and Tomasz Stachura. The team has discovered a remarkably well preserved warship: the Mars, once the pride of the Swedish navy. On May 31st, 1564, the Mars was defeated “while engaged with a Danish force allied with soldiers from a German city called Lübeck.” The divers also had to contend with historical rumors of a cursed treasure - hearsay that originated from the belief its 130 cannons were made from melted church bells. You can read more in Jane J. Lee’s Cursed Warship Revealed With Treasure Onboard on NationalGeographic.com.






Flag # 150: Doorway to Hell - Darvaza Turkmenistan Expedition with George Kourounis

Tune in tonight at 10pm ET for National Geographic Channel’s Die Trying. The show follows Explorers Club Fellow George Kourounis’ attempt to become the first person to ever set foot at the bottom of the Turkmenistan crater with the goal of collecting soil samples for DNA analysis in search of extremophile life forms.

Click Here to learn more about the program.






Excerpts from The Explorers Journal

Professor Walter Munk in Normandy

Words by Damien Leloup FI'10

Can a man’s life be changed by a place without ever stepping foot on its ground? On June 4th, 2014, two days before the 70th anniversary of the World War II allied landing operations at Normandy, the largest seaborne invasion in history, Professor Walter Munk is about to visit the site that changed his life, a place it took him 70 years to finally visit.





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