Hi! My name is Ms. Graham. I am a teacher at the Marymount School of New York. Join me as I investigate the effects of Masaya, an active volcano in Nicaragua!

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Greetings from Masaya, Nicaragua! I've only been here for 7 hours, but already my mind is swirling with the new things I've experienced today. I'm in awe of the people I've met, the country I have seen, and the science I am on the precipice of learning about. My colleagues on the trip span the globe, coming from England, Scotland, Holland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Vermont, Japan, Minnesota, and Kansas. One particularly zealous explorer is here on his sixtieth (yes, 6-0!) expedition. He is truly remarkable. Tomorrow morning we head out to Volcan Masaya National Park, and I expect to be able to report more on Masaya's persistently active volcano... hasta manana!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Pop Quiz!

1. While in Nicaragua during the first week of March, the average temperature (degrees Fahrenheit) will likely be:

a. 40-60

b. 80-105

c. 60-85 Correct! Or, 15-30 degrees Celsius

d. 115-125

2. The currency in Nicaragua is:

a. Dollars

b. Pesos

c. Cordoba Correct! The Gold Cordoba is the Nicaraguan currency. Right now, 1 US Dollar is equal to almost 21 Nicaraguan Cordobas

d. Colones

3. Animals I may see while in Volcan Masaya National Park include:

a. Parrots (Many parrots live inside the volcanic crater)

b. Bats (Inhabit one of the lava tunnels near the active crater)

c. Turtles (Can be seen in the Masaya and Managua lakes)

d. Crocodiles (Can be seen in the Masaya and Managua lakes)

e. All of the above

4. The Masaya volcano is approximately how many feet above sea level:

a. 305 (Height of the Statue of Liberty from the base to the torch)

b. 1,047 (Height of the Chrysler Building)

c. 1,250 (Height of the Empire State Building)

d. 1,970 Correct! Or 600 meters