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Science Trip to the Aegadian Islands

 

Between the 6th and 10th April, a group of 41 grade 11 science students and 6 teachers from San Anton School visited the Aegadian Islands for a Science trip organised by the Science Department.

The students visited the Grotta del Genovese in Levanzo which includes drawings of tuna and dolphins made of charcoal and fat dating back to 8000 years BC. In Marettimo the students visited the Museo del Mare which is run by the Cultural Association of Marettimo along with the Castle of Punta Troia which serves as an observation centre for the endangered monk seal. The students also climbed up to one of the highest points in Marettimo (around 750m) to see the case Romane Complex which are Roman Fortifications including a Byzantine Church. In Favignana the students could note previously used sustainable ways of tuna fishing at the Ex-stabilimento Florio which showcases how the tuna industry dominated the islands for centuries.

In Trapani, the students visited the Salt Museum where Andrea Santulli, an academic from the University of Palermo explained the biological and chemical processes involved in salt production. The group also visited Erice, a historic town and comune in the providence of Trapani. There the group visited Venus Castle, dating from the Norman period, which is built on top of the ancient Temple of Venus, where Venus Ericina was worshipped. During their stay on the islands the students could also observe the biodiversity offered by these islands and note several common traits when compared to the Maltese Islands.

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