We have now spent two days in sampling sedimentary sections near the Rio Tigre close to Mera in Ecuador. The sections are peat deposits interspersed with volcanic ash and contain many wood macrofossils. It seems likely that the depositional environment was a shallow water swamp or bog. Although we will have to wait for the analysis of the fossil record to know the composition of the vegetation at the site.
September 16, 2012 at 14:31
Loving Rio Tigre section, rich organic layers and thick tephra layer.
It looks like you all did some work out there.
September 16, 2012 at 23:39
Yes amazing section, should keep Hayley busy for a while! We also have a small sections nearby at Fatima which has a Last Glacial Maximum 14C date which should be super exciting. We passed your Erazo section whilst staying at Baeza it is now very overgrown so you would never guess a Science paper (http://oro.open.ac.uk/28265/) was hiding in there!