After 2 weeks immersed in the Dasht-e Lut region, Christian Clot was stopped in its tracks by the Iranian authorities. Met in the desert by the anti-terrorist services, the explorer was required to leave the area immediately. To keep his equipment, he march to the Kerman area where his passport was confiscated as insurance he would promptly leave the danger zone. It was later returned. The increasing terrorist risk in the area (which connects the Eastern Pakistani-Afghan jihadist networks with the DAECH in the West) appears to have been behind this sudden change of position of the authorities towards the organization of the expedition. It is feared that these organizations use the desert as a transit zone, despite its extreme climate. Faced with this case of force majeure, the 1st phase of the mission (hot and arid environment) was aborted. It is put on hold and we will consider returning at the end of the other expeditions to complete the route. Nevertheless, this first leg was far from useless. The difficult and changing terrain combined with the extreme conditions Christian encountered (up to + 57 ° C (135 °F) temperature, less than 3% moisture, hot winds violent enough to move small rocks) allowed the implementation and testing of the different scientific field protocols. After analysis, they may need to be modified to meet the demanding terrains encountered during ADAPTATION. Upon his return in France today, Christian will be undergo an MRI to investigate possible cognitive changes in an individual after exposure to extreme conditions.
The ADAPTATION expedition saga continues with the next extreme environment! After a torrid and dry climate, Christian Clot will dive early October in the coldest and humid area of the globe: The fjords of Patagonia. For 30 days, he will kayak in the channels and fjords, between glaciers, forest and mountains. The temperature may drop as low as -15 °C (5 °F) with a humidity up in the 90+%. All of this accompanied with rains topping 800 mm (32 in) per month. The logistics and scientific teams are already gearing up for this leg. Christian, after a short rest, will focus on the preparations for the coming challenge. In a few days, he will quickly go back over his experiences in the Dasht-e-Lut desert. Stay tuned!
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