Australia Sustainable Food, Environment, & Social Systems 2017

Blog site for the 2017 MSU study abroad program.


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Day 19: Great Barrier Reef

Today was the adventure everyone had been waiting for. The group headed out bright and early for the Great Barrier Reef! We enjoyed a two hour boat ride out to our first site where we got off to snorkel through the Reef. A majority of the group also took the opportunity to scuba dive! After a few hours in the water everyone got back on board for a delicious Mediterranean lunch as we made our way to the second site. Many people agree that the second site we experienced was even more incredible than the first. There were sightings of sea turtles and small sharks, and a jelly fish that unfortunately stung Des. After everyone got their last bit of swimming in, the boat took off for land and we enjoyed a presentation about all of the diverse species that inhabit the Great Barrier Reef. Simon, one of the crew members, gave us information about the coral and how it eats, grows, and reproduces, but also how it is dying. We were able to actually see the dead coral of the Reef and it really opened some people’s eyes to the destruction of nature. Altogether it was a beautiful and unforgettable day full of sun and fun in an incredibly unique place.

 

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Fresh off the boat after an amazing experience at the Great Barrier Reef!

Fresh off the boat after an amazing experience at the Great Barrier Reef!


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Day 11: Last Day in Mildura

IMG_9925Day 11 started our last day in Midlura with a canoe trip down the Murray River and King’s Billabong. We had a beautiful morning, not a cloud in the sky and warm temperatures! We also saw some great wildlife! Our guides, Brad and Damian, gave us an overview of the area and the old and new water pumping systems used. The group had a scenic trip through the river with the occasional splashing war started by Collin and Nick. Our afternoon consisted of visiting the Sunsalt mine in Mildura. Phil and Alison Stone were great speakers about the process and details of salt harvesting. We were also lucky enough to get a taste of salted chocolate that uses the salt from Sunsalt. Part of the tour stopped at a water body with a very high salinity that some people chose to stick a finger in for a taste. Some people also got a sample of salt from the top of the ground we were standing on. At the mine we learned how the famous pink salt is extracted and used in many different industries. Now we are on to Calperum Station!

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