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Going to Extremes: Encounters with Earth, Wind & Water

Earth, Wind & Water

Tuesday, August 30 at 5:30 p.m., Going To Extremes: Encounters with Earth, Wind & Water, A&S Auditorium
Series Opening Keynote, Mark Jenkins, UW Writer in Residence and Correspondent for National Geographic
    - Music accompaniment provided by Lights Along the Shore instrumental ensemble

National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins has reported from the most remote regions on earth. In this presentation, Jenkins reveals through photography and stories his encounters with our planet’s fundamental elements: earth, wind, fire, and water. He first takes us on an expedition to Mt. Everest, which Jenkins summited in 2012. Although still iconic, this mountain of ice and stone has come to symbolize not only great human achievement, but disaster and tragedy. Next, Jenkins choppers into the wildfires of Alaska to illuminate the daring and difficult lives of smokejumpers. Leaping from planes into vast, billowing forest fires, the very survival of these elite wildland firefighters depends on fickle shifts of wind. Finally, Jenkins takes us with him on an expedition to explore the largest cave in the world, in central Vietnam. Carved by a giant underground river, which itself was formed by pounding monsoonal rains, this cave is so cavernous that entire city blocks could fit inside. For more information contact Jean Garrison at

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