Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Italian scientists to study climate sailing Magellan's route


Rome, September 3 - Italian scientists will be
aboard the sailboat Adriatic to conduct climate research for the
''Pigafetta 500'' project to retrace the route of the world's
first circumnavigation, organized in the 1500s by Portuguese
explorer Ferdinand Magellan, researchers announced on Tuesday.
The project honours Veneto native, the aristocrat and
scholar Antonio Pigafetta, who was among the 18 survivors of
Magellan's original crew of 240 to return - Magellan himself
died in a battle in the Philippines.
Pigafetta had been Magellan's assistant, and documented the
entire voyage in a journal. He wrote an internationally
acclaimed account of the voyage called ''Report on the First
Voyage around the World''.
The voyagers will embark on September 7 from the Marine
Science Institute in Venice with researchers from Italian
National Research Centre (CNR), who will take measurements of
indicators like water salinity and temperature all along the
route in order to better map and study the evolution of the
The circumnavigation organized by Magellan began from
Seville, Spain, and lasted 1519-1522.
The Pigafetta 500 is expected to last from September 2013
to April 2015, making 40 stops in 20 countries, five continents
and crossing three oceans.
The adventure-science trip is underwritten by the Veneto
Region and UNESCO for the ''International Year of Water

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