In a bit more than two weeks it is finally time again for fieldwork in Asia. We will return to Myanmar and to the beautiful crater lakes of Monywa and will explore how much sediments these lakes contain, what type of sediments we can find and how good these are as a recorder of past Asian summer monsoon variability.
Last year we already visited the area and the lakes and checked accessibility and coring possibilities. Now we take the next step, which means transporting all our equipment from Bangkok and Chulalongkorn University to Mandalay, getting it all into Myanmar (I do hope that the customs will be friendly with us), hard work on the lakes and then transporting everything back again, including some nice sediment sequences. Coring will be a great challenge, but customs officers may be an even greater challenge!
Our team this year will be composed of Akkaneewut (Nut) Chabangborn, Rienk Smittenberg, Sheri Fritz, Lin Thu and myself. More stories will follow soon ….