The Iron Tank at Ranichauri, located at a height of seven thousand five hundred feet was an important target during the penultimate trek from the Nature Connect camp.
When the students visited Ranichauri, they were taken to the Uttaranchal Horticulture and Forestry University where they were shown how seed crops are prepared. The best seed crops are prepared through a meticulous process of selective breeding, a process that often takes years to produce the ideal seed crop. Some of the factors that scientists work on include superior crop yield, resistance to diseases and pests, and a reduced dependence on water resources. Some of the crops being prepared included superior varieties of vegetables including cabbage, onions, garlic, mustard, potatoes, and among cereals these included wheat, barley, and oat. I would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Mishra and Dr. Ajay Kumar for showing us around the testing fields of the University and reinforcing in us the lessons learned from Science about the role of selection and the process of cross pollination assisted by wind and Insects! The research being performed by the scientists at the Horticulture and Forestry University is tedious and results take a long time to fructify, however these are the people who ensure that we get the best crops to feed an ever-growing population!
Each visit to places of Scientific importance were concluded by a circle time in which all the students and their accompanying teachers provided valuable feedback on what they had learned during the day.
On the last day of the visit, the students were taken to the Ranichauri Climate monitoring station run by the Indian Meteriological department and located at a height of 2192 meters above sea level. The main objectives of the station is to monitor the amount of Green house gases, Black Carbon, Radiation, Air quality in terms of Sulphur Dioxide content, NOx, and pH levels. The station is equipped with technologically advanced equipment. The students were suitable impressed by the array of equipment used to monitor various parameters affecting weather conditions throughout the subcontinent. I would like to thank Mr Shivram Sharma of Nature Connect for showing us around the station.
But then this trip to the mountains was also about hard core trekking and extreme adventure sports. I have pasted a few photographs to show some of the activities that we participated in.