Wednesday, November 5, 2014
It was unexpected, but it happened...success in the field was early and often. After driving more than 2,000 feet uphill from Iquique to the Pampa del Tamarugal Basin, we decided to test out Justin's new tree-coring drill on a Tamarugo tree that is ~400 years old. Justin and Liz will use this tree core to infer what climate was like in the Atacama Desert during the time in which the tree was alive. By coring numerous trees that were alive over the last 10,000 years, Justin and Liz will be able to learn much about how the climate changed during Holocene time.