When you are working on Mooney Goes Wild, you really never know what is going to happen next. Like last week upstairs in the office, when we answered the phone to Anraí Ó Domhnaill, who wanted to talk to Richard and Eanna about some turf he had in front of him.
However he wasn’t at home in Carrickfinn in County Donegal at the time. He was at the time at the Laguna del Carbón in Argentina, which is the lowest point of the Western and Southern hemisphere...
We didn’t have time to talk to him from Argentina last week, but he is here with us in studio today, to chat about his Sub-Sea to Summit Expedition in South America, and why you can find turf in one of the most southerly points of the world...
More information about Anraí's Sub-Sea to Summit Expedition
1. Climbing to the Summit & Circumnavigation of Aconcagua which is the highest mountain in the Americas at 6,960.8 metres (22,837 ft) It is located in the Andes mountain range, in the province of Mendoza, Argentina close to the international border with Chile. Aconcagua is the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres. It is one of the Seven Summits.
Anraí (left) at the summit of Aconcagua
2. Laguna del Carbón is a salt lake in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. This salt lake is in South East Argentina in the Patagonia Desert , within the Gran Bajo de San Julián (Great San Julián Depression). It is -105 metres (344 ft) below sea level, Laguna del Carbón is the lowest point of Argentina and both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, and the seventh lowest point on Earth.
3. Crossing segment of the Patagonia Desert top reach Laguna Del Carbón The Patagonian Desert, also known as the Patagonian Steppe, is the largest desert in Argentina and is the 7th largest desert in the world by area, occupying 673,000 square kilometers. The Patagonian Desert is the largest of the 40° parallel and is a large cold winter desert, where the temperature rarely exceeds 12°C and averages just 3°C. The region experiences about seven months of winter and five months of summer. Frost is not uncommon in the desert but, due to the very dry condition year round, snow is. The Andes, to the desert's west, are the primary reason for the Patagonian desert status as they inhibit the westerly flow of moisture from the southern Pacific from reaching inland. This creates a rain shadow that accounts for the formation of the desert and is why, despite approximately half of the desert being only about 200 miles from the ocean, such a large desert is found in the region.
4. Traversing the Perito Moreno Glacier - The Perito Moreno Glacier is a glacier located in South West Argentina on border with Chile. The 97 square miles ice formation is about 19 miles in length, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile. This icefield is the world's third largest reserve of water. The Perito Moreno glacier, located 78 kilometres (48 mi) from El Calafate, was named after the explorer Francisco Moreno, a pioneer who studied the region in the 19th century and played a major role in defending the territory of Argentina in the conflict surrounding the international border dispute with Chile.
Perito Moreno Glacier
5. Diving in the Sub-Antarctic Beagle Channel – Multiple scuba dives in the Beagle Channel south of Ushuaia. Dense Kelp, lots of invertebrate life: King Crabs, Arrow Crabs, Decorator Crabs, small Crayfish-looking creatures and lots of starfish. There were many small fish in the Kelp, which is quite thick and up to 90 feet long plus sea lions, seals, dolphins, whales & penguins.