Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The last days at Vanguard

The pace gathers as we reach the last days of the season at Vanguard Cave. We've found the biggest of the ponds inside the cave so far, this one covering the entire floor space (below):

Geomorphologist, Professor Rodriguez-Vidal keenly inspects the remarkably well-preserved pond, with the complete stratigraphy behind and below him.

Specialists from different laboratories are now here sampling the excavated sequences, here for example to date it with OSL (above and below):

While others sample for geochemical analyses (below):

Below is the complete stratigraphy as excavated so far in 2012 and 2013. Under 4 metres of the 17-metre sequence so far!

Vanguard may be coming to an end for now but we have another month ahead of us, in Gorham's Cave!

1 comment:

  1. gorgeous stratigraphy! And tough to dig that pond over the whole surface without ruining it.