Expedition Bolivia: Lactic Acid and Gummy Bears

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On day five of Expedition Bolivia, the i2P team ran another 38km and continued taking time to demonstrate some basic science in recognition of the UN's International Year of Chemistry. The team began in the Salar de Uyuni salt flat, where they extracted and enriched lithium. Now they're looking at body chemistry. After some lactic acid tests, the team illustrated how sugars are burned in the body, much to the chagrin of one unfortunate gummy bear.

i2P is an organization that aims to inspire and educate youth through adventure learning and inclusion and participation in expeditions. The team plans to continue running through May 22, covering nearly 200 miles across Bolivia. For more on Expedition Bolivia, see Outside's recap of day 1 and day 2, or the i2P web site.

–Michael Webster