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A Rigorous Researcher or Investigator looks up background information related to the book and selects 3-5 topics from the reading (i.e. language, culture, foods, plants, etc.) and researches them in …

A Rigorous Researcher or Investigator looks up background information related to the book and selects 3-5 topics from the reading (i.e. language, culture, foods, plants, etc.) and researches them in depth to further support understanding of the book. Although there were many interesting cultural aspects and locations that Peter mentions through the book, the five that I chose seemed to be the most intriguing to me because of the personal stories that go with them. The dilemma with Ed and the sea turtle, the marvelous sunrise that Peter and Diego witnessed at the summit of Mount Pico, the "obsession" the Peter had with finding the lignum vitea wood, Breath herself, and of course the unusual little black dog were all topics that I chose to research.

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  • 1. Rigorous Researcher Adrift on a Sea of Blue Light By Peter Muilenburg
  • 2. A Rigorous Researcher or Investigator looks upbackground information related to the book and selects 3-5 topics from the reading (i.e. language, culture, foods,plants, etc.) and researches them in depth to furthersupport understanding of the book.Although there were many interesting cultural aspects andlocations that Peter mentions through the book, the fivethat I chose seemed to be the most intriguing to mebecause of the personal stories that go with them. Thedilemma with Ed and the sea turtle, the marvelous sunrisethat Peter and Diego witnessed at the summit of MountPico, the "obsession" the Peter had with finding the lignumvitea wood, Breath herself, and of course the unusual littleblack dog were all topics that I chose to research.
  • 3.  Fast FactsEndangered Green (__http://animals.nationalgeographic.coSea Turtles: Chapter 5 m/animals/reptiles/green-turtle/__)Green sea turtles are reptileswhose ancestors evolved on land Type: Reptileand took to the sea to live about150 million years ago. They are Diet: Herbivoreone of the few species so ancientthat they watched the dinosaurs Average life span in the wild: Overevolve and become extinct. 80 years Size: Up to 5 ft (1.5 m) Weight: Up to 700 lbs (317.5 kg) Group name: Bale Protection status: Endangered Did you know? Like other sea turtles, the green turtle cannot pull its head into its shell.
  • 4. Size relative to a 6-ft manEndangered Green SeaTurtles: Chapter 5 Green Sea Turtle Range (In Yellow)
  • 5. Ilheu do Pico- Azores or Pico Island,Portugal (Chapter 16)View from thesummit of Picoas described onpage 125 below.historiadeportugal.info
  • 6. The island of Pico, as seen from the north-central coast, showing the__São Roque__ in the foreground and __Mount Pico__ in the background.Pico Island is an island in the Central Group of the Portuguese Azoresnoted for its eponymous volcano, Ponta do Pico, which is the highestmountain in Portugal, the Azores, and the highest elevation of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The highest point in elevation is 2,351 m (7,713 ft) and isonly 29 miles long and 10 miles wide.(__http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pico_Island__)
  • 7. Lignum Vitae (Ch. 28)Lignum vitae is a slow-growing tree native to the US Virgin Islands. Its name means“Wood of Life,” and it is renowned for its medicinal qualities. The wood of this tree isamong the densest in the world. Lignum Vitae is regarded by most to be both theheaviest and hardest wood in the world. Its durability in submerged or ground-contactapplications is also exceptional. Lignum Vitae has been used for propeller shaft bearingson ships, and its natural oils provide self-lubrication that gives the wood excellent wearresistance. Unfortunately, Lignum Vitae has been exploited to the brink of extinction, andis now an endangered species. (__http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/lignum-vitae__/)
  • 8. A lignum vitae leaf decoction has reportedlybeen used in the USVI and Curacao to treatdiabetes and asthma. The leaf juice has alsobeen used to treat biliousness (digestivecomplaints). A poultice made from the leaveshas sometimes been used to treatrheumatism. Leaves are boiled and ingestedas a diuretic tea on Middle Caicos in the WestIndies, and a mash of the leaves is also usedthere for treating swollen areas or smallwounds on the body. Decoctions of the tree’sresin or bark, meanwhile, have been used totreat venereal diseases. The tree achievedgreat recognition for this use in Puerto Rico.Lignum vitae resin has also been used toalleviate skin disorders and gout and to treatcuts and bruises. Haitians have sometimesapplied the resin to toothaches. A barkdecoction has been taken orally for fishpoisonings in the USVI and Puerto Rico.http://cms.herbalgram.org/herbalgram/issue81/article3380.html Lignum VitaeGuaiacum officinale, Zygophyllaceae
  • 9. Gaff Ketch- 42. ft. Sailboat (a.k.a Breath)A ketch is a sailing craft with two masts: a mainmast, and a shorter mizzen mast abaft (rearwardof) the main mast, but forward of the rudder post.The ketch is popular among long distance cruisersas the additional sail allows for a better balance,and a smaller more easily handled mainsail for thesame overall sail area. It also allows sailing onmizzen and jib only without introducing excessivelee helm, and in an emergency can be quite wellsteered without use of the rudder. The ketch is apopular rig in northern European waters wheresudden increases in wind strength sometimesrequire a rapid reefing: the mainsail can bedropped, reducing sail and leaving a balanced sail-plan with jib and mizzen set.__(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketch)__
  • 10. Gaff rig is is a sailing rig (configuration of sails) in which the sail is four- cornered, fore-and-aft rigged, controlled at its peak and, usually, its entire head by a spar (pole) called the gaff. The gaff enables a fore and aft sail to be four sided, rather than triangular, and as much as doubles the sail area that can be carried by that mast and boom (if a boom is used in the particular rig). Additionally, for any givenA gaff rigged sail and its surrounding spar area of sail, the gaff rig will have a lower heeling moment than a triangular sail. (__http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Gaff_rig)__
  • 11. Schipperke dogs(a.k.a. Santos)Bred in Belgium, the exacttranslation of the name iscontroversial but is generallyaccepted as a Flemish wordmeaning little skipper orboatman. The breed dates back tothe 16th century and the dogswere used as guard dogs and“killers of vermin” on canal boatsin the region, as described by theAmerican Kennel Club.__http://www.examiner.com/article/adopt-a-boat-dog-schipperkes-make-great-ones__
  • 12. Schipperkes stand 11-13 inches and weigh about 15 pounds,making them the perfect boat dog in size. They are easy to carryon and off the boat and can be trained to relieve themselves on acertain spot on deck.The Schipperke is smart, alert and curious. They get along withchildren and dogs of all sizes. Grooming is kept to a minimum andthey shed their undercoat twice a year. We only brush their thickcoat when they are shedding and they get baths when needed.

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