Fieldwork in Ecuador 2013

Nick and Will with Carman (director of the Pindo Mirador biological station)
Nick and Will with Carman (director of the Pindo Mirador biological station)

Three members of the PCRG (William Gosling, Encarni Montoya and Nick Loughlin) visited Ecuador (November-December 2013) to develop collaborations with Ecuadorian institutions, recover more lake sediments, and find new potential sites for projects. Below are some photos from:

  1. Lake Pindo, 
  2. Lake Huila, and
  3. Lake Erazo.

Full reports on specific aspects of the fieldwork to follow.

Lake Pindo (24-29 November 2013) , c. 1200 m elevation, eastern Andean flank.
At Pindo Mirador Biological Station (Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial, UTE)

Coring platform ready to launch on Lake Pindo
Coring platform ready to launch on Lake Pindo
Whilst coring Lake Pindo we were visited by a group of school children.
Whilst coring Lake Pindo we were visited by a group of school children.
Cable clamp locked off, ready to core!
Cable clamp locked off, ready to core!
Encarni & Max. Two of the field team take a rest at the biological station near Lake Pindo
Encarni & Max. Two of the field team take a rest at the biological station near Lake Pindo

For UTE news report on our visit to the Pindo Mirador station click here.

Lake Huila (30 Novermber – 4 December 2013), c. 2600 m elevation, eastern Andean flank.

Lake Huila not in the mist
Lake Huila not in the mist
Nick recovers a sediment core for his PhD project.
Nick recovers a sediment core for his PhD project.
William enjoys field food.
William enjoys field food.

Lake Erazo (6 December), c. 2300 m elevation, eastern Andean flank.

The team meet up with Sr. Efren Erazo Puetate to gain permission and guides to find the lake.
The team meet up with Sr. Efren Erazo Puetate to gain permission and guides to find the lake.
Hiking up to look and see if Lake Erazo exists.
Hiking up to look and see if Lake Erazo exists.
Our guides cut a trail to the river which we then followed up until we found the lake. Happy day.
Our guides cut a trail to the river which we then followed up until we found the lake. Happy day.

The Lake Erazo trip, and our continued work in Ecuador, is part of a collaborative partnership with the Instituto Geofisico (Patricia Mothes and Peter Hall; @IGecuador).

Many thanks to all who helped us during this field season. Detailed reports of the invetsigations at each site will be posted shortly.

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