International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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International Year of Chemistry 2011

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impossible2possible's Bolivian expedition explores the world of chemistry

In honor of the International Year of Chemistry, impossible2possible (i2P) is taking the principles of chemistry from the classroom and into the remarkable environment of the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world, high in the Bolivian Andes. From now until May 25, four youth ambassadors will be joining an i2P expedition team as it travels across the Salar. Using the Internet, the i2P team will communicate live from Bolivia to participating students around the world.

Learn more about Expedition Bolivia, meet the team & access our Experiential Learning Program @

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The expedition team won’t just trek across the world’s largest salt flats: they will run—all 250 kilometers. That’s right, the Youth Ambassadors will run an average of a marathon per day for one week in a quest to experience Bolivia as few have ever done before.

As with previous, successful expeditions to Baffin Island, the Sahara Desert, and the Amazon Basin, students and teachers will have the opportunity to post questions to expedition members both through live videoconferences from the field and through e-mail. Complementing this live communication will be a rich i2P education resource complete with education modules, blogs, topical questions, class exercises, videos, and the Exploratory program.

Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is an ideal location to explore the world of chemistry. The Salar is a lake which is covered with a crust of salt up to 10 meters thick, strong enough to support vehicular travel. Below the crust lies a lake composed of water, salt, magnesium and over half the world’s lithium reserves. Adjacent to the Salar are a series of lakes filled with magnesium, sulfur, manganese, boron, copper and arsenic. At almost 12,000 feet above sea level, the change in atmospheric pressure impacts how matter and chemical reactions behave in this environment, making this a unique opportunity for education.

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* Check out the following activity for more details
* Read earlier feature ‘iP2 Expedition to La Ruta del Sal’

activity featured May 6, 2011