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The French Alps & Beyond
Speaker: Thomas Condon
The Mount Blanc massif straddles the borders of France, Italy, and Switzerland. Here, the human world and natural world collide. A path, the Tour du Mont Blanc, encircles the massif and provides visitors a glimpse into the high Alps. It was in these mountains that the word “alpine” was coined and where some of the very first insights into ecology were made. Plants and animals have evolved reproductive and growth strategies to survive in this unforgiving environment. But will these strategies help them continue to thrive in an ever changing world? We’ll explore these mountains and the organisms that call them home. We’ll also go beyond the Alps to explore the caves of south central France. These are the famous painted caves of early man. Best depicted by Lascaux, these caves and rock shelters harbor man’s earliest preserved true art. For what purpose were they made? Art? Religion? History?
Tom Condon is a middle school science teacher and published author. His interest in the natural world has taken him to all 50 states and to countries on four continents. Join us as Tom describes his experiences on the Tour du Mont Blanc and his visits to the painted caves of France