Holy muddy waters of Patagonia

This blog post aims at providing details on our first objective, which consists in the collection of river samples for the HYDROPROX project and related provenance studies. The plan is to collect water and sediment samples from seven rivers that ultimately flow in Baker Fjord (see map). Geochemical analysis of these samples back in Belgium…

Back in Patagonia: land of glaciers, rivers and research

The Southern Hemisphere is calling again. Two trains followed by two flights and one hour of camioneta brought us to the Austral summer, leaving behind a snow ‘storm’ approaching Europe (Fig. 1). Our team of four arrived in Coyhaique, the capital of the Aysén Region in Chile. This region holds some of the largest glaciers…

“This is Patagonia”

For our last two days on the field, we went back to lakes. On our to-do list was Lago Plomo and, because we had a reliable boat, a nice running engine, and a few hours to spare, we decided to add an extra glacier-influenced lake: Lago Bayo. During these two days we stayed at Puerto…

A year of mud

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, … 9:13 AM, February 3rd, 2018, the release code is sent. The acoustic release 200 meters below us sends back a faint signal. The rope at the bottom of the surface buoy starts losing tension. The onboard echosounder shows an object rising quickly. All eyes are on the surface waters…

Los dos Geolocos meet another Rey

This week was all about lakes. From shallow to deep: Lago Juncal, Laguna Confluencia and the majestic Lago Calluqueo. Although the start of the week was a bit slower then what we had hoped for, we still managed to finish all the activities that were on our bucket list in time. What should have been…