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Patagonia field work — wrap-up

March 15, 2012

having some lunch along a mountain stream

Just a quick post to wrap up this series. I’m back in the office and digging my way out of the accumulated administrative detritus after five weeks in the field. Overall, a successful field season — spent a lot of time scouting out areas we’ve seen from afar for several years but hadn’t actually hiked on. We took a lot of photographs. Photos of well-exposed cliff faces and other outcrops are important data for a major component of the work we are doing, which could best be described as high-resolution 3D stratigraphic mapping. Before leaving the field we had a photo back-up/sharing session — making sure that all these photos were on at least three or four hard drives. Losing these data to a hard drive crash would not be good thing.

This Flickr set has 130 of the 3,000 photos I took during the field season; a combination of landscape, scenery, wildlife, and geology images. I haven’t included titles, descriptions, or tags for all of them. I’ll do that at some point. I hope you enjoy them.

As always, the Chilean people were friendly and helpful. We’ve made some good friends over the years and look forward to continuing that in the years to come. It was especially fun to meet and interact with Chilean geologists doing paleontological studies in the same general area.

My next major field expedition is going to be very different. Instead of walking on mountains made of deep-sea sedimentary rocks I’ll be on a boat acquiring sediment cores from the deep sea in the North Atlantic. More about that in the coming weeks.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Anne Jefferson permalink
    March 15, 2012 7:30 am

    That is a major jealousy inducing lunch spot. Should you need a hydro/geomorphologist along on your next trip to Patagonia, you know who to call.

  2. March 15, 2012 8:47 am

    Anne, what we really need is for these streams/rivers to incise more rapidly — to expose more strata! :)

  3. Mike Huggins permalink
    March 19, 2012 2:05 pm

    OK, now I see why you would go to “the end of the world,” so to speak, for those turbidites. Amazing outcrops and preserved sedimentary features (not to mention incredible locales) unlike, well, those in certain kudzu- and poison-ivy-covered Appalachian thrust sheets or those with frenzied California deformation.

  4. March 19, 2012 3:00 pm

    Mike … this paper of ours explains why, in addition to the exceptional exposure, we go so far to characterize turbidites: http://jsedres.geoscienceworld.org/content/80/5/357.abstract

    The basin was relatively deep and was deep for a long time.

  5. Mike Huggins permalink
    March 22, 2012 2:58 pm

    Ah… clinoforms! Cool.

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