Time’s (almost) up!

We have already experienced at lake Singkarak that expectations and reality are two very different things. Turns out that the same goes for lake Maninjau. Beyond all expectations, the amount of gas present on the bottom of the lake is apparently limited, allowing us to collect good seismic data. We were very surprised, but also…

Hard Rock Cafe

Due to technical issues during our first days at Lake Singkarak, we decided to not lose any more time, so we started with coring – blindly. Surprisingly, we were able to recover up to 1.5 meters of lake sediments. It seemed that finally our luck was turning! After some phone calls, we even managed to…

Cloudy with a chance of seismics

We successfully completed the administrative part of our survey in both Jakarta and Padang (the capital of West-Sumatra) and installed ourselves in a hotel along the shore of Danau Singkarak. Conveniently, the survey-catamaran can be docked at the hotel, allowing us to work from dusk ‘til dawn every day without losing precious time for transportation.…

Who wants to be a millionaire?

After over 24 hours, 3 flights and a flash visit to Singapore, we arrived at our first destination: Jakarta. Before we can travel any further, arrangements have to be made with our Indonesian partner organization, forms need to be signed and our work permits need to be organized. Now that we instantly became multi-millionaires (1…

Welcome to camp Washout!

As the team aboard the Sur-Austral welcomed Helena, I (Loïc) met Jon and Mathew on the shore of Steffen fjord. For a few days, I joined our British collaborators from Bristol University, who were collecting water samples from the main tributary of Steffen fjord: Huemules river (https://twitter.com/cryopisces). We shared stories of our recent adventures as we…

Better than manjar!

After spending five days along Baker River and collecting nearly 40 meters of sediment, our beloved Russian corer deserved a good rest. So did our backs. Before hitting the road to Tortel to start the second chapter of our expedition, we decided to explore proglacial lake Calluqueo, one of Loic’s study sites. Reaching the lake…

Fourty meters of mud and counting…

Hola, “You’re early!” Seb said slightly surprised when he picked us (Eleonora, Elke and Loic) up from the airport in Balmaceda. He was already accustomed to the slower mentality of southern Chile. Eleonora and Loic learned this swiftly on their first day shopping in Coyhaique for ropes, straps, buckets, chains, etc. that will be needed…