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March 30, 2010

First Bit of Field Work... Sort of

While Patty was running around attending meetings and going shopping and taking care of other things, Lorena and I hung out all morning here at the observatory. But since the afternoon was clear (little chance of rain and therefore lahars), all three of us set out together to do some station maintenance. On our way to the first site, we picked up Don Gustavo, one of the many vigias.

[Don Gustavo opens the gate at the first site.]

I titled this 'First Bit of Field Work... Sort of' because I really didn't do much at all, besides take some pictures. Not much work was needed--we checked the data loggers/radios and power (fine at both stations) and cleared out some of the grasses around the solar panels and instrument boxes.

[Gustavo and Patty clear grasses and clean off the solar panel.]

We also (read: Patty and Gustavo) put weed killer around the site to keep the grasses down, as the rainy season is coming.

[Patty climbs up to the second site.]

The first site was a seismometer (measuring earthquakes) and the second a tiltmeter and a rain gauge (measuring change in shape of the volcano and rainfall, respectively). The rain gauge is used in monitoring for lahars.


Then, Gustavo had us drive to a lookout, and we were playing tourists all over again.

The sun had set and the clouds just had to keep on moving through and up and around, with the view changing every moment.

Posted by beth at March 30, 2010 3:11 AM

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Dang, woman. You got yourself some VIEWS.

Posted by: bridget at March 30, 2010 4:18 AM

i'm loving the blogposts! and i'm seriously loving the amazing, beautiful photos. thanks for keeping us posted, beth!

Posted by: marianne at March 30, 2010 4:41 AM

love the tree silouettes! (sp)

Posted by: anna at March 31, 2010 2:30 AM

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