The Dolgans Destiny exibit took place between 20 January to 7 March 2016 at the Museum of Man (Musée de l’Homme) in Paris. Spectators were exposed to 70 black and white images of French photographer and journalist Nicolas Mingasson depicting the undiscovered culture of the North Taimyr region, the Russian Arctic.
The photographic exhibition of Nicolas Mingasson was a rare opportunity to discover the little known society: “I wanted to illustrate the daily life of the Dolgans in its diversity. In the streets of the villages, young people dress (almost) as in France, in the evening they call their cousins on Skype, who’ve gone far to the south and when the weekend comes they visit their grandparents by skidoo”.
The Dolgans of the Northern Taimyr (Siberia) are among the most isolated populations in the Russian Arctic. While a large part of the population inhabit as sedentary reindeer herders, some families still live as nomads with herds.
#CHOOSEADVENTURE: MAMONT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES COMPETITION FOR REAL ADVENTURERS
– THE CHANCE TO WIN YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME
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The Mamont Foundation announces #ChooseAdventure, a one of a kind competition for real adventurers. The #ChooseAdventure competition is a unique opportunity for avid explorers to submit their dream expedition and tentative schedule, presenting the chance to win their next adventure. Following an online voting, the announced winner will receive a voucher to support his/her expedition and set off on an adventure with Mamont!
Through its adventures the Mamont Foundation opens a door to a world of discovery. It celebrates the adventurous spirit of exploration – an inspiration for travelers to push harder, travel further and discover more!
Take part in the adventure online www.chooseadventure.foundation-mamont.com/register
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THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF WOOLMEN SPONSORED BY THE MAMONT FOUNDATION
The Worshipful Company of Woolmen organised the annual Sheep Drive across London Bridge again this year. There will be the usual health and safety features and traffic precautions incorporated into the design of the day to make it a safe but enjoyable family friendly day out.
As a London tradition, it’s a spectacle in its own right. But more important than that is the generosity of those taking part in raising so much money for London’s good causes. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, says: “In a modern city such as ours it is important we also keep in touch with our honourable traditions, especially when they mark the importance of a living, breathing industry.
“The annual sheep drive is a colourful display of our city’s historic and continuing role as a trading hub for the best of British products.” Hosted and organised by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen, which can itself trace its roots back to 1180, this year’s event takes place on Sunday 27 September, beginning at 9.30am. Twenty sheep are provided for the event by a Bedfordshire farmer, with just ten at a time driven across the bridge by successive groups of Freemen. The animals are at all times be under the observation of their usual shepherd and, as in previous years, closely monitored by representatives of the City of London’s Animal Health and Welfare Service, a veterinary surgeon and the RSPCA.
Supported by the Foundation Mamont, the sheep were named after Antarctic and Arctic stations: Vostok, Bellingshausen, Amundsen-Scott, Concordia, Mirny, Casey, Sky Blu, Haley, Svea and Barneo. For further information visit FarmingUk.
The first-ever Foundation Mamont – Explorers Club World Exploration Challenge Grant of $100,000 has been awarded to Dr. Anthony Fiorillo, Vice President of Research and Collections and Chief Curator at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas for his submission, “Ancient Beringia in a Greenhouse Polar World—At the Northern Edge of Dinosaurs and Their Environments.” The announcement was made by Alan H. Nichols, former President of The Explorers Club, and Frederik Paulsen, Fellow and Honorary Director of the Explorers Club and a representing Member of Foundation Mamont. While membership was not a requisite for consideration, Dr. Fiorillo is a member of The Explorers Club.
Dr. Fiorillo will lead a team of scientists to track the migration of polar dinosaurs across the Arctic as they experienced the Greenhouse climate of 70 to 100 million years ago. The team will include noted scientist Dr. Paul McCarthy of the University of Alaska and Eric Orphys, associate director of the expedition, and new masters student at the University of Alaska, who will start his work in paleoenvironmental reconstruction and paleoclimate study.
The expedition will navigate down the Kukpowruk River in the remote Coke Basin of extreme Northwestern Alaska to explore a terrestrial ecosystem 25 million years older than has ever been examined before, from an era when the ancient Arctic was one of the warmest places on Earth.
In making the announcement, Mr. Nichols said:
“This expedition will have a broad impact on scientific research around the world, particularly as it may affect the Arctic. The Explorers Club welcomed the very difficult challenge of selecting a winner from among many excellent proposals. Given the quality of submissions and the generosity of Mr. Paulsen and Foundation Mamont we know the 21st century will be the Golden Age of Exploration.”
THE MAMONT CUP 2015: ALL FOUR TEAMS SUCCESSFULLY REACH THE NORTH POLE
Longyearbyen, 22 April 2015. The Mamont Cup teams have all returned to Longyearbyen, Svalbard after a successful expedition to the North Pole. With conditions in their favour at the start of the journey, the teams made speedy progress to the North Pole with Team UK arriving first followed by Team Baltic, Team Europa and then Team Arctic. The expedition marked a true celebration of polar exploration with participants from across the globe taking part.
On arrival at the North Pole, the weather conditions changed and the teams had to sit out a huge Arctic storm before being safely flown back to Camp Barneo. They finally arrived at around 10 am this morning (20 April) where they are waiting for another storm to pass before flying back to Longyearbyen on Svalbard Island, Norway.
This inaugural event saw four teams, led by world renowned polar explorers, ski the last degree to the North Pole. Team captains included David Hempleman-Adams who led Team UK consisting of wounded servicemen, French explorers François Bernard and Christian de Marliave, and an all-female team lead by Denmark’s Bettina Aller. They were joined by competitors from Sweden, Italy, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Canada and the USA in a truly international celebration of polar exploration.
Four teams line up to ski the last degree to the North Pole
Camp Barneo, 14 April 2015. The Mamont Cup teams have begun their epic ski to the North Pole in an international celebration of polar exploration. In an expedition taking place from 14-21 Apri 2015, each team will ski independently carrying all their own supplies across the challenging polar ice cap. The teams will be facing freezing temperatures, notoriously strong winds and ever changing terrain on the ice cap as they ski to the most northern place on earth.
This inaugural event will see four teams, led by world renowned polar explorers, ski the last degree to the North Pole (approximately 111km). Team captains include David Hempleman-Adams who leads an all British team consisting of wounded servicemen, French explorers François Bernard and Christian de Marliave, and an all-female team lead by Denmark’s Bettina Aller. They are joined by competitors from Sweden, Italy, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Canada and the USA in a truly international celebration of polar exploration.
The expedition is sponsored by the Mamont Foundation who aim to raise the awareness of the importance of continued research and exploration in polar regions – through this expedition they hope to encourage people to take a more active interest in the importance of polar regions.
The Mamont Foundation and the Explorers Club World Exploration Challenge is designed to promote exploration and scientific research, the environment, sustainability and bring new and exciting exploration to life.
There are limited funds available to resource our continued exploration to discover more about our planet and therefore this initiate is funded by the Foundation Mamont to allow members of the Explorers Club to apply for the grant to fund their research expeditions.
On 21 March 2015, The Explorers Club will announce the winners of this $100,00 grant for 2015. Applicants from the world over were invited to submit their applications which have been reviewed by a select Explorers Club scientific/exploration panel headed by club member Les Guthman, the Emmy-nominated creator and former executive producer of Outside Television and the Discover Magazine television series.
In coordination with the Paulsen Foundation, the Mamont Foundation organized an expedition to the Wrangel Island on the ice strengthened oceanographic research ship called Professor Molchanov named after Pavel Molchanov – the inventor of radiosonde. The expedition’s destination, the Wrangel Island, is known to be the last place on earth to inhabit woolly mammoths and was believed to be able accommodate the species very well as in retrospect to other regions it didn’t have as harsh living and climate conditions, provided sufficient nutrition and the species which in result was believe to have a long and healthy life on this island. It is still unknown to man kind why the last mammoths died on the island, despite the flourishing environment. Previous expeditions were able to estimate the extinction date of the mammal; specifically, that the woolly mammoth died out 3,650 years ago as opposed to what was previously believed – circa. 10,000 years ago.