Thursday, September 12, 2013

Another mountain

There are really 2 lists for the 7 summits.  To be on both lists Dan has decided to climb another mountain.  He and Laura will leave for Indonesia in November. 
The highest mountain in the Australian mainland is Mount Kosciuszko which Dan and I climbed several years ago.  However, the highest mountain on the Australian tetonic plate which includes Australia and New Guinea is Puncak Jaya also know as the Carstensz Pyramid at 4,884 m (16,024 ft) above sea level.  It is in the Indonesian province of Papua on the island of New Guinea which lies on the Australian continental shelf. 

New Fifth Ocean - Southern Ocean

If you went to school in the dark ages like me you know that there are 4 oceans - Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic. In 2000, the International Hydrographic Organization created a new ocean the Southern Ocean which surrounds Antarctica. It was created because the waters surrounding Antarctica are a unique ecosystem mainly due to the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. However, several geographers disagree about its boundaries and even its existance since its northern boundary does not touch any land mass. Is it the southern part of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans or a new ocean - the Southern Ocean? The debate continues.

Mallory news

I have been very lax with writing the blogs.  Life for us has been very busy but then life for most people is very busy these days.  It is all about the choices you make.
The news:
Dan Laura and I moved to a condo in Barrie.  A huge change for us.  Lots of things to get rid of.  I think you should move every 5 years or at least pretend to so you can create space around you to breathe again by purging all the extra stuff you collect.  We are still working on that.
Alan and Natalie had a beautiful baby girl this summer.  Dan and I are now grandparents.  We have entered another stage in life.
Adam married Marie-Pierre in a lovely ceremony in Quebec.  He said his vows in French which was a huge challenge for him but he did it.
We are truly blessed.