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Sea of Cortez Expedition  

Sea of Cortez Expedition
On March 11, 2004, a team of scientists led by Dr. William F. Gilly from Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey, California, embarked upon a 73-foot fishing boat to retrace the historic expedition that John Steinbeck and Edward F. "Doc" Ricketts made to explore the Sea of Cortez in 1940. Their journey was immortalized in a book they wrote together, The Log from the Sea of Cortez, still a popular and accessible paperback.

Jon Christensen, a science writer and Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, travelled with the current expedition and posted a daily log of the journey online. At various sites along the way, students and teachers in Baja California joined the expedition for a day of studying life in the tide pools.

Teachers and students everywhere are invited to explore the connections between science, literature, history, the environment, conservation, and our oceans through resources and links below.



Resources & Links
Voyage of the Odyssey: Sailing on a Sea of Plastic
California Coast & Ocean: The Ocean's Plastic Plague
Wikipedia: Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Blue Ocean Society: Plastics in the Marine Environment
Greenpeace: The Trash Vortex


The Sea of Cortez Expedition and Education Project is sponsored by the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, the San Diego Natural History Museum's binational education program PROBEA (Proyecto Bio-regional de EducaciĆ³n Ambiental), the Steinbeck Fellows Program and the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University, the California Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence, the International Community Foundation, the Ocean Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy.

Last updated: June 16, 2011
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Sea of Cortez Expedition