13 February 2010

Roughing it – Guatemala la segunda parte

Posted by Jessica Ball

Yes, I’ve been hinting at some fieldwork that I’m going to do for the next two weeks – and it’s back in Guatemala!

If  you remember the posts I put up last year about my first visit, you’ll also remember that quite a bit less science happened than I was hoping, thanks to some nasty little microscopic critter that found its way into my food. I really, really don’t want to repeat that experience this year, so I’m going down armed with a supply of antibiotics and Gatorade powder. This year’s trip is going to be a little more ambitious; we’re planning a five-day hike to the lava domes at Santiaguito, and I’m going to be collecting as much clay as I can. (Why not rocks? Volcanic clay is my topic of interest at this volcano – more on that in subsequent posts.)

At any rate, I’ll be out of touch for a bit, although I do promise to update when I can. In the meantime, I’ve scheduled a few posts about some of my subject matter, and volcanology in general. And there will be great photographs to show off when I get back!