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Pumps and trucks in Brazzaville

By Greg Fiske | November 10, 2010 | Comments Off on Pumps and trucks in Brazzaville

We arrived successfully on Monday night in Brazzaville. The arrival in itself was no small feat given the 187 lbs of equipment we toted, packed into 4 massive waterproof bags (and 20-30 lbs each in our carry-on packs).

The last hurrah

By Britta Voss | October 28, 2010 | Comments Off on The last hurrah

All of our sampling finally behind us, our expedition draws to a close. Yesterday was in some ways the simplest day, and in others the most ambitious.

Training Days

By Britta Voss | October 26, 2010 | Comments Off on Training Days

An important aspect of the Global Rivers Project is acquiring a time series. For weekly samples from the Fraser Basin, we are indebted to our colleagues at the University of Fraser Valley — Steven Marsh, Sharon Gillies, Alida Janmaat, and seven of their brightest undergraduate students.

It’s not easy being ionic

By Britta Voss | October 24, 2010 | Comments Off on It’s not easy being ionic

The follow-up to yesterday’s exciting tale of organic chemicals features our inorganic measurements!

Looking beyond particles, or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the dissolved phase

By Britta Voss | October 23, 2010 | Comments Off on Looking beyond particles, or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the dissolved phase

We decided the time has come to describe some of the other samples we’re collecting and what they add to the global rivers project.

Edelweiss, Edelweiss

By Britta Voss | October 21, 2010 | Comments Off on Edelweiss, Edelweiss

Today we sampled the Chilcotin River, a tributary flowing through the dry belt between the Coast Range and Cariboo/Rocky Mountains. This truly unique corner of B.C. features bunchgrass, bighorn sheep, and stunning sedimentary hoodoos.

A Homemade Laboratory

By Britta Voss | October 18, 2010 | Comments Off on A Homemade Laboratory

Each evening we transform a hotel room into a laboratory.

Tributaries take center stage

By Britta Voss | October 16, 2010 | Comments Off on Tributaries take center stage

Halfway through the journey through the Rocky Mountain Trench, our surroundings quickly changed from rugged foothills to rolling plains.

To the source

By Britta Voss | October 14, 2010 | Comments Off on To the source

After taking advantage of the last remnants of daylight yesterday to collect water from the Robson River for filtration back in Valemount, today the sampling began in earnest.

Headwaters Ahoy!

By Britta Voss | October 13, 2010 | Comments Off on Headwaters Ahoy!

The 13 boxes of shipped equipment arrived at the University of the Fraser Valley only hours before us. To fit everything into our rental car, we had to jettison a few items (including the 3rd row of seats and a personal piece of luggage).