By Louise Chipley Slavicek
Girls Explorers chronicles the lives of six intrepid girls whose starvation for experience and information pressured them on paths of discovery around the globe. Their discoveries not just introduced shops of data on subject matters starting from old dinosaur fossils to lifestyles in Tibet, but additionally challenged the confirmed roles of girls of their fields. The daughter of a prosperous planter, Alexander used her inheritance to fund study for her passion--the typical 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 cash and donated specimens.
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22 Annie managed to uncover three important ichthyosaur skeletons on the 1902 expedition, including one nearly complete and exceptionally well-preserved specimen. After examining the skeleton, Merriam concluded that it was a new species of ichthyosaur, which he named Shastasaurus alexandrae in Annie’s 35 36 ANNIE MONTAGUE ALEXANDER honor. ) Dr. ” 23 The following summer Annie sponsored a second collecting expedition to Shasta County. This time the mandatory second female was Edna Wemple, a paleontology student at Berkeley who would become one of Annie’s closest friends.
But we saw several large herds of giraffe, and a wild people who went about dressed in skins and hunted with bows and arrows and spears. 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.
Before making the long trek back down the mountainside, with her deep appreciation for Hawaii’s natural secrets, Annie would undoubtedly have spent time exploring the remarkable 3,000 foot-deep basin at Haleakala’s summit. A line of nine symmetrical cinder cones ranging in height from 600 to 1,000 feet crisscross the colorful field of volcanic ash that comprises the crater’s vast floor, creating an eerie, lunarlike landscape. In the crater’s rough cinder terrain, the budding young naturalist would probably have made a point of searching out the celebrated silversword.