The Malaspina expedition 2010 landed in the Royal Botanic Gardens
The study of deep-sea biodiversity and the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems are the focus of "Spain explores. Malaspina 2010," an exhibition that takes visitors to the scientific expedition of Malaspina circumnavigation 2010, led by the High Council Scientific Research (CSIC). The exhibit opened today at the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, also shows five hundred years of Spain's contributions to the knowledge of the sea.
The exhibition looks at the results of the journey made ??by oceanographic vessels Hesperides, of the Spanish Armada, and Sarmiento de Gamboa, belonging to CSIC, in tribute to the scientific expedition, sponsored by King Carlos IV from 1789 to 1794, ran the Spanish possessions in America and Asia under the command of Italian marine Alejandro Malaspina, whose death was 200 years in 2010.
During the nine months of the Malaspina expedition 2010, over 250 scientists, led by the general coordinator M.Duarte Carlos Quesada (IMEDEA), take part of this tour that’s conjoining scientific research, training of young researchers and development of marine science and culture scientific society. Also, the Spanish Army take crucial part in this project
The exhibition, curated by Miguel Angel Puig-Samper and Sandra Rebok, provides to the general public with some of the more than 100,000 samples collected by researchers during their trip. Also, about the legacy of the expedition, which will help in the future to know marine ecosystems and move forward in research in areas such as energy, food and biomedicine.
With a distinctly informative and through the use of audiovisual resources and interactive, Villanueva Pavilion of the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid (CSIC) has objects, maps, portraits, engravings, books, calibration and measurement instruments, ship models, sheet historical Malaspina's expedition and the recreation of the ocean floor. The visitor could also enjoy of an overview about the history of oceanographic research in Spain and its long tradition of geographical exploration, navigation and scientific discoveries, from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century.
Spain became a maritime power to explore the Atlantic Ocean and the Americas since 1492. The American expansion led to the discovery of the Pacific Ocean by Nunez de Balboa in 1513. Voyages of exploration of Legazpi and Urdaneta opened new routes and allowed Magellan and Elcano to carry out the first circumnavigation of the planet and exploring new territories in Asia and Oceania.