Week 4 brings us further south along the eastern side of the Southern Alps to the inland district of glacial Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo. We sampled a number of tarns in this area last summer and our main focus this time around is to fill in some gaps in the data set and try to collect material from tarns above 2000 m. This is not always successful (as we were about to find out), as many of the tarns above 1900m do not hold fine sediment from which we take our bug sample. Unfortunately we spent a day visiting a number of sites that were not suitable for sampling. The bonus was we got to see some amazing mountain scenery and glacial landscapes. High winds kept us grounded for a few days and gave us the opportunity to re-core a Late Glacial site we are currently working on and do a spot of fishing.

Climate Change Institute
Bryand Global Sciences
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469

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