Anchormen

Once we found the coring location on the lake with the GPS, it is important that the platform stays fixed on the same spot, because we have to core several days in a row in the same hole. Therefore, we first started with anchoring our mothership. We measured the length of the anchor ropes, as…

Ikea-ing in the wild

A few days ago, we built the coring platform “Ikea style”:  we unloaded a very compactly packed boxtruck, then, we laid out the different bits and pieces of the platform and we put it back together, very slowly, with the usual mistakes and missing bolts… We also had a look at the different parts of…

Preparation is half the battle

This is so true for a coring campaign. Before heading to the wild waters of Skilak Lake, we made sure that all the material that was necessary for coring, was present and ready for operation. Therefore, we spent a few days in the warehouse of the USGS. We bought missing supplies. We loaded the truck,…

The Return of the Queen

After a coring fieldwork on Eklutna Lake in the winter of 2014 and a multibeam campaign in the summer of 2015 on Eklutna, Skilak and Kenai lakes, my Alaskan fieldwork trilogy has come to its third and final chapter: the battle for Skilak Lake. Coring this beauty has already been on our wish list for…

Our 2-week Thai adventure

Two weeks of Thai culture, cuisine, climate, fauna and flora, but most importantly lots of digging and coring has passed. As mentioned in an earlier post, our fieldwork focused on exploring terrestrial, but primarily lacustrine sedimentary records in the area of Khao Lak. Our goal: tracing tsunami deposits, our tools: shovels, Russian and gravity/hammer corers,…

Following Rio Baker from Lago Bertrand to pirate cove

The Southern Connection congress in Punta Arenas turned out to be a success, with plenty of interesting presentations and a spectacular mid-congress field trip to the volcanic landscape in Pali Aike. The latter comprised visiting Laguna Ana Maar, walking along the inner section of a volcanic cone, and exploring Morada del Diablo crater with its…

Boxing Day 2004

Sawadee ka! A new field adventure is approaching. After crossing Japan and Chile off my wishlist, it is time to discover Thailand. During the following two weeks, Ed Garrett from the Geological Survey of Belgium and I, Evelien Boes, will be sampling the coastal lowlands of Khao Lak, Phang Nga Province, 80 km north of…