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Project Blogs - Belize


Ocean acidification has been given many names, such as ‘Global warming’s evil twin’ and the ‘Other’ carbon problem because it is caused by the oceanic uptake of anthropogenic CO2. After studying the ocean carbon cycle I’ve realised that it is result of a more complex system that is trying to reduce the amount of CO2 in atmosphere and surface waters as well as buffering any pH change because we have tipped the system out of balance.

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However, here on base to not get bored of our beloved rice and beans we have a selection of spices and sauces to mix things up. Now this is were this blog is about to get saucyyyy…

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Team Turtle taking over the blog today! Started the day with a lovely bagel for breakfast, some of them got a bit soggy as it was absolutely chucking it down. We then got our things ready to head out to our activities.

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Waking up in Belize is a fantastic - the heat is like nothing we get in England, but it is a reminder of how far we are from home and this fantastic adventure we’re on.

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We’ve finally arrived! Dominica and Dagny met us at the airport which was really nice then we jumped onto the boat which would take us to Caye Caulker!

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Just over a year ago we all went along to a selection process for international opportunities in Girlguiding. There were several trips on offer and we were obviously all selected for this one; Belize 2018!

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Our marine conservation project trip to Belize is almost here and it’s amazing to think how fast it has come around since we were selected for the trip.

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The Belize Barrier Reef System as of the 26th June 2018 has been removed from the UNESCO In Danger list. Standing as the largest barrier reef system in the northern hemisphere and second largest barrier reef in the world, spreading over 190 miles, from Mexico to Honduras, as part of the 600 mile long MesoAmerican Reef System.

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Lobster fest is a yearly 3-day festival celebrating the opening of the lobster season. The streets - or shall I say the one street - shut down, and stalls and food vendors are scattered along the street. As much fun as lobster fest is, I can’t help but feel a little sad about it.

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Being in Belize for 6 months now I have met so many interesting and varied people and to be honest it is one of the most rewarding parts of the job. Meeting folk from all corners of the world is a great way to find out about yourself as well.

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