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Netherlands 2017

Get ready: CEEatGT is heading to The Netherlands this summer!

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#GTDisasterRecon: Japan

Days 1 and 2:
Nonstop would be an understatement for how this day went. We left our airport in China at 6am to catch our flight to Tokyo. We arrived at Nairita airport at 3pm and only got to Tokyo at 6pm. After we dropped our bags off at the hotel it was 7pm — our day would finally begin. We decided to embark on a journey to climb Mt. Fuji in time to be at the top for sunrise. However, we hadn’t eaten the entire day and decided to stop at the most reliable food source of them all. McDonalds. After a quick happy meal, we left for Fuji.

Kieron had...

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#GTDisasterRecon: Climbing Mt. Fuji, Japan

Our travels to Japan started this past Tuesday at 5:00 am. Getting ready for our flight from Chengdu, China to Tokyo, Japan, we had high hopes to be standing on the top of Mt. Fuji 24 hours after our departure. Our more than gracious and helpful hosts were of course up again to see us off. The unwavering hospitality of Chengdu University of Technology and the State Key Laboratory for Geo-Hazard Prevention and Geo-Environmental Protection (SKLGP) was one of China’s most...

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#GTDisasterRecon: Day Four in Chengdu, China

The last full day in Chengdu started following the same pattern as the previous two: breakfast at the hotel, then hitting the road. This time we all rode together in a single van. Our first destination of the day was the Dujiangyan irrigation system. Constructed around 250 BC, Dujiangyan has served continuously as a method of flood control for the plains surrounding Chengdu, and has provided water for the city itself. It functions by dividing water flowing down from the mountains into two separate channels. This replaced the old method of merely trying to dam flood waters.

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#GTDisasterRecon: Day Three in Chengdu, China

On the third day of travel in Chengdu, we again started our morning with a mixed Chinese-western style breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we were met by Dr. Zheng Da who served as a main host for the day. Unfortunately, Dr. Xu, who hosted us the previous day, was still feeling a bit under the weather due to the dinner we had all ingested the night before. We piled back into our SUVs, and headed to the first destination of the day.

We stopped first at the town of Yingxiu located within the Longmenshan Mountains. Only a few miles from the earthquake epicenter, Yingxiu was...

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#GTDisasterRecon: Day Two in Chengdu, China

The morning of the second day in Chengdu, we ate breakfast provided at the hotel. The breakfast was traditional Chinese with an international influence. It included an assortment of vegetables, rice, dumplings, noodles, fruit, breads, and eggs.

Following breakfast we were met by Dr. Xu as we climbed into three chauffeured SUV’s that were kindly provided by Chengdu U.T. On the way to our destination I noticed that driving on the highways of Sichuan was just as...

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#GTDisasterRecon: Chengdu, China

Upon landing in Chengdu, we were received by Dr. Quian Xu, Professor of Geological Engineering at the SKLGP lab of Chengdu University of Technology. On the way to our hotel, I noticed that similar to Beijing, Chengdu is a massive sprawling city. Its population of 10 million is spread over a very large area. In comparison, all of metro Atlanta has a population of approximately six million residents. Unlike Beijing, Chengdu seems to have clean air quality. Whereas in Beijing we...

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