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  • Cultural Appropriation in the Peruvian Andes Sparks Discussion Around Indigenous Identity

    Cultural Appropriation in the Peruvian Andes Sparks Discussion Around Indigenous Identity

    New research details an emerging politics of indigeneity surrounding Quyllurit’i, a major annual pilgrimage through Peru’s high glaciated peaks.

  • End of the Line – Good Byes to a Great Field Season in Peru

    End of the Line – Good Byes to a Great Field Season in Peru

    After more than six weeks trawling the Peruvian Andes in search of palaeoclimate clues, our field team is visiting the last site, a potential calibration sites near Coropuna. The objective of that ongoing work is to refine the cosmogenic surface-exposure method for the tropics, thereby improving the precision of new and existing datasets.

  • On the Subject of Dust

    On the Subject of Dust

    Our field team has set camp at 5045 m on the dusty slopes of Ampato, an extinct, ice-clad volcano in the Western Cordillera. This is the very mountain from which Juanita, the famous Incan ‘ice maiden’, was plucked back in 1995. The tents are clustered in the lee of a large glacial erratic and, now…

  • Going West

    Going West

    After a busy few weeks in the Cordillera Carabaya, our field team has said goodbye to the snowy, tempestuous climate of the eastern Andes and is moving west to the desert of Arequipa. Here the mountains are massive, isolated volcanoes, many of which exceed 6000 m in elevation. In fact, Coropuna is the third highest…

  • Mad Dogs and Englishmen

    Mad Dogs and Englishmen

    Our field team has acquired a dog, ¨”Mooch”. Walking back to camp yesterday, amid driving snow and fully laden with rock samples, there he was exploring what passes for our kitchen. Unlike most Andean dogs – ferocious beasts trained to keep geologists from harassing the livestock – this one is a cheerful soul, happy to…

  • Ancient mud from the high Andes

    Ancient mud from the high Andes

    Thanks in large part to Matt, an undergraduate from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, our field team now has more than sixty samples for surface-exposure dating. This is no easy feat, for collecting these samples requires a great deal of hammering on granite boulders with nothing more than a hammer and chisel. There are other…

  • A typical day in the high Andes

    A typical day in the high Andes

    Each morning starts the same in the Andes: the frost is heavy on the insides of our tents and falls with the slightest movement, while the realization that it´s going to be a freezing exit from the sleeping bag is tempered by gratitude that the thirteen hour night is over. Yes, sunrise in the Andes…

  • Foreigners in a Strange Land

    Foreigners in a Strange Land

    After a very cold morning in Crucero, the sun burned off the clouds to reveal the black peaks of the Cordillera Carabaya to the east. There´s not so much snow left on the hills these days, just a few glacier patches clinging to the south faces of the highest summits.

  • Into Thin(ner) Air – On Route to the Cordillera Carabaya

    Into Thin(ner) Air – On Route to the Cordillera Carabaya

    This morning we left Arequipa and the comforts of the tourist trail, driving east across the puna towards the Andes proper. Our route took us along the newly constructed Caraterra Interoceanica – a highway linking the Pacific coast of Peru to ports in Brazil – and up to elevations of 4700 m. Along the way…

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  • Cultural Appropriation in the Peruvian Andes Sparks Discussion Around Indigenous Identity

    Cultural Appropriation in the Peruvian Andes Sparks Discussion Around Indigenous Identity

    New research details an emerging politics of indigeneity surrounding Quyllurit’i, a major annual pilgrimage through Peru’s high glaciated peaks.

  • End of the Line – Good Byes to a Great Field Season in Peru

    End of the Line – Good Byes to a Great Field Season in Peru

    After more than six weeks trawling the Peruvian Andes in search of palaeoclimate clues, our field team is visiting the last site, a potential calibration sites near Coropuna. The objective of that ongoing work is to refine the cosmogenic surface-exposure method for the tropics, thereby improving the precision of new and existing datasets.

  • On the Subject of Dust

    On the Subject of Dust

    Our field team has set camp at 5045 m on the dusty slopes of Ampato, an extinct, ice-clad volcano in the Western Cordillera. This is the very mountain from which Juanita, the famous Incan ‘ice maiden’, was plucked back in 1995. The tents are clustered in the lee of a large glacial erratic and, now…

  • Going West

    Going West

    After a busy few weeks in the Cordillera Carabaya, our field team has said goodbye to the snowy, tempestuous climate of the eastern Andes and is moving west to the desert of Arequipa. Here the mountains are massive, isolated volcanoes, many of which exceed 6000 m in elevation. In fact, Coropuna is the third highest…

  • Mad Dogs and Englishmen

    Mad Dogs and Englishmen

    Our field team has acquired a dog, ¨”Mooch”. Walking back to camp yesterday, amid driving snow and fully laden with rock samples, there he was exploring what passes for our kitchen. Unlike most Andean dogs – ferocious beasts trained to keep geologists from harassing the livestock – this one is a cheerful soul, happy to…

  • Ancient mud from the high Andes

    Ancient mud from the high Andes

    Thanks in large part to Matt, an undergraduate from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, our field team now has more than sixty samples for surface-exposure dating. This is no easy feat, for collecting these samples requires a great deal of hammering on granite boulders with nothing more than a hammer and chisel. There are other…

  • A typical day in the high Andes

    A typical day in the high Andes

    Each morning starts the same in the Andes: the frost is heavy on the insides of our tents and falls with the slightest movement, while the realization that it´s going to be a freezing exit from the sleeping bag is tempered by gratitude that the thirteen hour night is over. Yes, sunrise in the Andes…

  • Foreigners in a Strange Land

    Foreigners in a Strange Land

    After a very cold morning in Crucero, the sun burned off the clouds to reveal the black peaks of the Cordillera Carabaya to the east. There´s not so much snow left on the hills these days, just a few glacier patches clinging to the south faces of the highest summits.

  • Into Thin(ner) Air – On Route to the Cordillera Carabaya

    Into Thin(ner) Air – On Route to the Cordillera Carabaya

    This morning we left Arequipa and the comforts of the tourist trail, driving east across the puna towards the Andes proper. Our route took us along the newly constructed Caraterra Interoceanica – a highway linking the Pacific coast of Peru to ports in Brazil – and up to elevations of 4700 m. Along the way…