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Earthwatch at 50: Muriel Rogers' story

After losing her first husband, Muriel Rogers was at a crossroads in her life. It was a moment of awe standing on a glacier in Alaska that inspired her to start a new chapter: studying an Open University degree in Geology.

Despite living with MS, Muriel was determined to study volcanoes and in 2009 joined an Earthwatch expedition to Masaya volcano, Nicaragua.

"The scientists do an amazing job of accommodating my disability. Not only do the expeditions give me an opportunity to challenge myself, I always come back feeling that I have learnt so much."

A second trip followed the completion of her dissertation on Masaya. It was an experience Muriel will never forget.

Photo Credit: Dmitry Nautilus, iStock

"My partner joined me on the second trip and proposed to me on a lava field under a lone spindly tree."

The pair got married a year later, both going on to complete Masters degrees on Icelandic volcanoes. They have completed a further six expeditions together.


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