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On Geodes: Geology and Philosophy

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We had been bouncing along in the 4×4’s since first light. Progressively the road turned from tarmac to gravel to sand, and then with the minarets of Al Hashman fading back into the heat haze..

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Dragon Hunting in Oman

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Sometimes science seems boring. It can be difficult to connect the apparently disparate effort in the field, to the long term goals and achievements.

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Anywhere in the world

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“Anywhere else in the world, and there would be a hotel here.” Terry said to me one day, as we stood watching the waves breaking. The huge imposing cliffs of the Dhofar Mountains stood behind us, one of the last refuges of the Arabian Leopard..

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Camera Trap Images from Oman

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It’s been a month since we arrived back at Heathrow, weary from the expedition, but elated at how much we managed to achieve in that time..

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Friday Photo: Making Bricks

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On the edge of the Empty Quarter is the ancient city of Shisr, a centuries old spring that provided water for generations of desert travelers..

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Birds of the Middle East

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I’m not an avid bird watcher, more an interested observer, but in the space of a few weeks the scientific necessity of identifying and counting what we saw turned from a research theme to an obsession..

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Friday Photo: Desert Stars

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We had tents, but didn’t feel any need or desire to use them except for storing kit, preferring to sleep out on the open sands all alone, save for the occasional nosy camel..

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Friday Photo: The Empty Quarter

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Of all landscapes, the desert and it’s vast and unfamiliar incomprehensibility, must make it perhaps the most difficult to write about..

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Success in Oman

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As was previously reported, against all our expectations, we have been successful in establishing the presence of Arabian Leopard in a remote part of Dhofar, Oman.

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Expedition Update: Final Leg

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We are now approaching the last leg of the expedition and are en route to Salalah after an intense and enjoyable few weeks..

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Expedition Update: Chief Leader

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All is quiet again in base camp as the two groups left for the final time..

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Expedition Update: Chief Leader

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The evening campfire is often disrupted by shouts of “gecko”..

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