Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
"CHINOOK The lethbridge Herald LETHBRIOCt AL0CRTA VOL. I NO. 13 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1972 PAGES M2 Geography lesson Bus trip to India for U of L professor By no stretch of the imagina- tion can Roy Fletcher bo called an armchair geographer. Dr. Fletcher, associate pro- fessor of geography at the Uni- versity of Leihbridge, is firm- ly com milled to a philosophy of "seeing first-hand what you talk Translated into practical ac- tion for Roy' Flztchcr, tlrs means travelling, whenever possible, to those area which figure predominantly in h i s geography lectures. This past summer, lie put bis theory to work again when he spent two months travelling from London, England, to Ind'a and Nepal on a mile cross-country bus trip. "Quite an is how Dr. Fletcher sums up his trip but he quickly admits it's not for the feeble-hearted or those who va'tie creature- comforts above all else. GO AND SEE 1 'There are too many geo- says Dr. Fletcher, "who are not A professor should see what he's lecturing about. It really pays off in the slides you take and can show your class, and in the degree of enthusiasm which is in your lectures. A seasoned traveller who has (ramped the Canadian Arctic, roasted on deserts, shivered on treeless movntain slopes and generally explored inaceess- able geographic areas, Dr. Fletcher is not one to blanche al a mere bus trip. He f'rst felt some misgivings about the venture when he saw the bus on which the trip was to be made: it was somewhat less than gleaming new and streamlined. Although lie learned about the bus "tour" from an ad in a reputable British geography magazine, lw found that such tour companies have a bit of a tendency to be "fly by The drivers, says Dr. Fletch- er, were inexperienced and working for very low wages. Consequently, they didn't real- ly seem to mind if the trip took a little longer than advertised. TWO MONTHS "In fact, it did take longer than they says Dr. Fletcher. ''What started as a one month trip took two Originating in Uic bus labored through Western Europe, Yugoslavia, Northern Greece, Turkey, Iran, Afghan- istan, Pakistan and into India, finally reaching Nepal. There v.ere frequent delays in order to repair the vehicle and replace tires. And there were several unexpected side-trips. "It says Dr. Flolcher, "a thoroughly casual and some- times haphazard arra n g e- Using virtually no betels, but preparing their own food and camping at each stop usual- ly in isolated rural the trip was short on comfort but long on interest "At one point, in southern Iran, we became renlly lost, says Dr. Fletcher. "Fcr me it was the most interesting part of the trip, even though it was unplanned. The peajjle and scen- ery were fascinating: camel caravans, sand dunes drifting over the road, day after day of almost uninhabited desert" NEAR PEOPLE "Traveling the way we did is a good way to get close to the rural and village people'1, says Dr. Flstcher. Most villagers were very friendly, al [hough som etimes too curious. They often had no concept of privacy nnd pscrcd shamelessly into the travellers' tents. Bui, admits Dr. Fletcher, there were times the si! nations were a little too exciting Always arousing the curiosity, the busload of for- eigners once or twice met with hostility 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 says the geolo- gist, "the army had tried to talk us out of taking that par- ticular route." Then, there were several near accidents in the many treacherous mountain paths along the way. "I wouldn't suggest it for who like to travel in com- fort." says Dr. Fletcher, "but it was a fascinating trip, inex- Roy Fletcher ponders the place and the trip pensive and away from the main tourist paths. 1 do rec- ommend it to all adventurous souls, young and old, as an unforgettable 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 bean to ascertain whether the journey was one he wculd like to subject his family to in a year's time. "I was planning to take my sabbatical leave m Nepal and India next explains the geographer. "1 desired to study the geography of the cool, treeless mountain cl i mate there. I wanted to take the familv with me. Travel by bus -Rick Ervin Pholo seemed more economically fea- sible than flying our family cf five to India, but I wanted to see just what the trin would in- volve, before I actually subject- ed the whole family to it." "Ako. I wanted to investi- gate the situation to sec if tha kind of I wanted to carry out at (hat time was pos- Research station likes problems By E. 1v GARDINER Poultry Nutritionist Lotlibridgc Research Station The Lethbridge Research Station contini'cs to welcome suggestions for research from farmers and agricultural in- dustries. Research initiated re- cently as a result of three prob- lems brought to the attention of scientists at the station by the poultry industry has provided information of immediate prac- tical value. The first problem we looked into was the request of the Southern Alberta Poultry Coun- cil. Information was required by producers of hatching eggs on the effect of egg weigh! on the eight-week body weight of chickens hatched from these eggs. An experiment was set up using eggs of six different weight groups ranging from be- low 20.6 ounces per do7.cnt o 26.5 oi-nces per dozen and above. The results showed that although there were larpc dif- ferences in day-old chick weights between the groups there were only small differ- ences in eight-week bod y weights. The secern! problem was to determine the value of linseed oil as a source of energy for broiler diets. In the past, lin- cil was not used in poultry diets because of its high indus- trial vi'lre. However, changing demands have indba'.ed thai some linrccd oil may become competitive with other high en- ergy sources such as animal tallow, depending on its fecciing value. in on f'n1 ford- ing of this oil were li'h'Is were coiir'uctod nt the stn'ion to its feeding value. The results indicate that linseed oil is as good as animal fallow, and in some cases superior, in promot- ing (lie prowlh of poultry and Z'cdircing the amount of feed required per imi! of gain. The problem eng shell biT-.knge in the in- dustry. It h important to know the form of eMcinni mo-( for formntio'i. since shells ni'G about 99 ncr cent cnHuni cnr- hsvnfe. We a'-o three forms of in the diet of the laying hen, namely calcium powder, oy- ster shell. calcium carbon- ate cyiTlals. The investigation is not yet complete bvt prelim- inary refill's indicate no differ- ence in s'lell qpnWy i'Tft- spcct ive of Uic source of tha calcium.