IAT News

Rotary Clubs Launch Scotland's FoCRT

On a sunny Saturday, May 9, 2015, Sally Magnusson, broadcaster, top news presenter for BBC Scotland, writer and journalist, officially opened the 161-mile (266km) Firth o Clyde Rotary Trail in Milngavie - next to the start of the West Highland Way - in front of members of the public, the Rotary Clubs of Stranraer, Ayr, Gourock, Allander, and their guests - Including IAT Europe vice-president Hugh Barron representing IAT Scotland.

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A Spring Tour of IAT Spain

On March 29, the day after participating in the official launch of IAT Portugal at Naturtejo Geopark, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IAT Spain President Ruth Hernandez crossed the border into Extremadura to take a three day tour of IAT Spain.

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IAT North America Chapters Meet in Moncton

On April 24 & 25, IAT chapters from Maine to Newfoundland gathered in Moncton, New Brunswick for the annual IAT North America Council Meeting.  The two-day event included presentations on chapter progress, updates on IAT news, discussion of joint projects, and participation in the July, 2015 ATC Biennial in Winchester, Virginia. 
 
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1000 People Attend IAT Portugal Launch

On a sunny and warm Saturday, March 28, approximately one thousand people gathered in Naturtejo Geopark, Portugal to officially launch GR38 - Grande Roto Do Muradal-Pangeia as the newest section of the Trilho Internacional dos Apalaches.  Joining the crowd were Geopark President Armindo Jacinto, Oleiros Municipal President Fernando Marques Jorge, Turismo Centro Portugal President Pedro Machado, Naturtejo Geopark Geologist and IAT Portugal President Carlos Carvalho, Canadian Counsellor and Consul David Marion, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IAT Spain President Ruth Hernandez.

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How Spain Discovered the "Apalchens"

As the name suggests, the International Appalachian Trail winds its way across sections of North America's Appalachian Mountains, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean and following other Pangea related mountains of Western Europe and North Africa.  Though the mountains themselves were formed over 250 million years ago when continental plates collided, what is the origin of the name "Appalachian", the fourth oldest surviving European place name in the United States? 
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IAT Chief Geologist Celebrates 85th Birthday

Family and friends gathered at the Muddy Rudder Restaurant in Yarmouth, Maine on Thursday, February 27, to wish IAT Chief Geologist Walter Anderson a happy 85th birthday and announce the new Walter Anderson Endowment Fund.  Fellow geologists and colleagues on the IAT Maine Chapter board noted Walter’s long career as the Maine State Geologist, as well as his contributions to the IAT, including the development of the first maps of the trail in Maine, New Brunswick, Quebec and Newfoundland.  From his first days on the board, Walter emphasized the importance of geology to the story of the trail.

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Early Portuguese Exploration of North America

In 1498, just one year after Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto rediscovered North America and six years after fellow Italian Christopher Columbus "discovered" the New World, Portuguese explorers João Fernandes Lavrador and Pêro de Barcelos were the first modern explorers of much of northeastern North America, including the Labrador Peninsula.  They were followed (1500-02) by Portuguese explorers Gaspar and Miguel Corte Real.  This is the story of Portuguese exploration of North America, the fourth in the IAT Natural and Cultural Heritage Series.
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Portugal To Launch IAT At Naturtejo Geopark

 
On March 28, 2015, IAT Portugal will officially launch the GR38 - Grande Roto Do Muradal-Pangeia as the Trilho Internacional dos Apalaches Portugal.  Dr. Fernando Marques Jorge, Mayor of Câmara Municipal de Oleiros will preside over the event to be held at Naturtejo Geopark in the foothills of eastern Portugal.  Also in attendance will be IAT Portugal Coordinator Carlos Neto de Carvalho, Geologist and Scientific Coordinator at Naturtejo Geopark, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol, Canadian Consul to Portugal David Marion and IAT Spain Coordinator Ruth Hernandez.
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