Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
The The Uthbridge Herald LETHWIIPGe, ALBERTA VOL. I NO. 13 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1972 PAGES 1 12 Geography lesson Bus trip to India for U of L professor By no slretch of the imagina- Lion can Roy Flelcher bo called an armchair geographer. Dr. Flelcher, asiccialc pro- fessor of geography at the Uni- versity (j[ Lelhbridge, is finn- ly cominJilcil lo a philosophy o[ "seeing first-hand what yuu Ulk Translated into practhal ac- tion for Roy" Flitchcr, Mrs means travelling, whenever possible, to those area which figure pvcdoniinanlly in li i s geography lectures. This past summer, he put his theory to work again when he spent two months travelling from London, England, lo and Nepal on a mile cross-country bus trip. "Quite an is how Dr. Fletcher sums up his trip but 1-c quickly admits it's not for (he feeble-he? rtcd or Ihoso whn va'ue crcalure- comforls above all else. GO ANIJ SF.IC "There are loo many geo- says Dr. Fletcher, "who arc not well-lravelted. A professor should see what he's IccUiring absul. IL really pays off in Use slides you Lake and can show your class, and in Hie degree of cnlhuriasm which is transmitted in your lecti'rcs. A. seasoned, traveller who has trammed the Canadian Arctic, roasted on deserts, shivered on treeless movnt.iin slopes and generally explored inaccess- able geographic areas. Dr. Flelcher is not one Lo blanche al ;i morn bus trip. He f'i'st felt some misgivings abouI Ihe venture when he saw the bus on which the trip was lo be made: it was somewhat less than gleaming new and streamlined. Although lw learned about the bus "lour" from aji nd in a repi-lablo British geography magazine, found thai such tour companies have a bit of a tendency to "fly by The drivers, says Dr. Fletch- er, were inexperienced and working for very low wages. Consequently, they didn't real- ly seem lo mind if (lie (rip took a lillle longer than advertised. TttO .MONTHS "In fact, il did l-akc longer than they says Dr. Fletcher. ''Wlwt started a.s a one rnnnlh Irip look two Originating in IxMidon, I lie bus labored through Western Europe, Yugoslavia, Northern (J recce. Turkey, Iran, Afghnn- LiLin, ami into India, finally reaching Nepal. There v.ere frequent delays in order lo repair I he vehicle and replace tires. And there were several unexpected side-trips. "It Eays Dr. "a thoroughly carual and some- times haphazard arra n g c- Using virtually no hc'cls, but preparing their own food camping at each slop usual- ly in isolated rrrcl the trip was short on comfort but long on intercut. "Al one point, in southern Iran, we b22ame really says Dr. FbLcl'.cr. "Fcr me it was the most interesting part of the trip, even though it was unplanned. The pecils und scen- ery were fascinating: camel caravans, sand dunes drifting over the road, day after day of almosl uninhabited dcsorl." NEAR I'fiOPLE "Traveling the way we did is a good way lo gel close to the rural and village says Dr. Fletcher. Most villagers were very friendly, although sometimes loo curious. They often had no concept of pr'.vacy anil pacrcd shamelessly into the travellers' tents. But, admits Dr. Fletcher, there were times the situations were a little loo exciting. Always arousing the natives' curiosity, the busload of for- eigners once or twice met with hosliUly particularly in Af- ghanistan where outsiders are not appreciated. Near the Kybcr Pass in Pak- istan, villagers began stoning the already battered bus. "I must soys the geolo- gist, "the army had tried lo Ulk us out of Inking that par- ticular roule." Then, there were several near accidents in the many treacherous mount ain paths along the way. "I wouldn't suggest it for Owsc who like to travel in com- fort." says Dr. Flelcher. "but it was a fascinating trip, inex- Roy Fletcher ponders the place and the trip -Ricit En Pholo pensive and away from the main tourist paths. 1 do rec- ommend it lo all adventurous souls, yoiing ami old, as au unforgol i able educational ex- perience in a most interesting and important part of the world." Part of his reason for travel- ling across continent by bus had becai lo ascertain whether the journey was one he would like to subject his fam'ly lo in a year's time. "I was planning lo Lake my sabbatical leave in Nepal and India nexl explains the geographer. ''1 desired lo study the geography of the ccol. treeless mountain c 1 i mate there. I wanted to lake I he familv me. Travel by bus seemed more economically fea- sible than flying our family cf five to India, but I wanted lo see just what Die Irin would in- volve, before I acli-ally siib'e-jt- ed (he family to il." I wanted to investi- gate the situation lo see if I ha kind of I wanted 'o carry out al dial time uns Research station likes problems lly DR. K. 1v GARDINER Poultry Research Station The LeLhbridgc Research Slalion conlinrcs lo welcome suggestions for research from farmers and agricultural in- dustries. Research inilinted re- cently as a result of three prob- lems brought to the attention of scientists at Ihe station by the poultry industry has provided information of immediate prac- tical value. The first problem we looked into was (he request of the Southern Alberta Poiillry Coun- cil. Informal ion was required by producers of hatching eggs on I ho effect of egg wcighl on the cighMvcck body weight of chickens hatched from these cgqs. An experiment was set up eggs of six different weight groups ranging from be- low 20.6 ounces per dnr.cnI o 26.5 oi-nces par dozen and above The results showed that although (here were Inrpc dif- ferences in day-old chick weighls between trie groups there were only small differ- ences in body weights. The sec end problem was to determine the value of liiT-red oil as n sour re of energy for broiler diets. In the pasl, lin- cil was not in poultry riicls because of its I'.igh indus- trir.l vi'lre. However, chafing demands have indica'.ed some linrccd oil may become comrc'.itivc wilh other liigh en- ergy sources such as animal lallow. depending on iis feeding value. m f'-i'n on I'-i1 inil of I his oil were nvail.-ihie. Irirls u'eve conr'ucled at llio stn'ion lo its viilne. The i-eiults imlicMte thai linseed oil is a.s good a.s animal Inllcw. and in some cases superior, in promot- ing (he prowlh of poultry and reducing the amount of feed rcauired per iini' of Tl'C llrrd c'in en poo siio'l in (he in- di'.slrv. II is iinrorlanl (n know I he of cnlcli'in far shell formnlio'i, since ertg shells r.rc ?boiil 99 nor cent erbium cnr- an? three forms of rnrbonnli'1 in Ihe ('let of the laying hen, namely cr.lcium powder, oy- sler shell. calcium cnrbnn- ate cyiTlals. Tlii1 JnvcMifialion is not yet complete prelim- inary refill's inriii-nle no rlirrer- encr in s'lell qppl'iv irrn- sportive of llic source of tlia calcium.