Our Northern Islands, the new book about the first expedition to the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument, is now available for advance purchase by readers of the Saipan Blog.
Our Northern Islands contains over 60 rare, full-color photos of some of the least seen and visited places on Earth, including Maug, Uracas, Agrigan and Pagan. The story of the first expedition to the monument is told by Dennis Chan, the 18-year old Saipan student who earned a spot on the expedition by winning an essay contest with the theme, "Why I want to Visit the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument."
Click HERE to get your copy of Our Northern Islands.
Dennis' spot on the expedition was funded by one of the members of the Friends of the Mariana Trench Monument. The Friends wanted a young local person to experience the Northern Islands in the hopes that they would bring back a story to share with their peers. Our Northern Islands is that story and it is my hope that the young and young at heart living in the Southern Marianas will learn to know and love and cherish the Northern Islands because of this book.
Dennis was the first, but hopefully will not be the last student to be able to visit the monument. I spoke to him about how his book could help create the opportunity he had for other young people living on Saipan, Tinian and Rota, and we both agreed that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be given to non-profits that help protect our marine environment. Therefore, for the next twelve months a portion of the proceeds from every book sold will be donated to Friends of the Mariana Trench Monument and other organizations that promote marine conservation and education.