We are high mountain people, hunters and artists,
Our view from this base camp is brilliant and clear.
Cold, thin air sweeps the rocky plateau;
You need a strong heart to live here.
Vicuña, guanaco, taruka our prey,
With razor-sharp points, upon them we close,
Then blaze up a fire, take rest, and prepare:
These creatures we skin to the toes.
Out of the ice age and up from the valley,
Testing the limits of body and spirit.
Descendants: a challenge before you stands tall;
Will you adapt, surmount it, or fear it?
Our tale has been weathered; you’re straining to see us
In smudges of smoke, in scattered remains,
Discarded tools, a wide, ancient landscape,
And one piece yet living: our blood in your veins.
Paleoindian settlement of the high-altitude Peruvian Andes, Rademaker et al. (2014) Science
This is one in a series of poems written by Katherine Allen, a researcher in geochemistry and paleoclimate at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University.
After five days in North Carolina we have recovered all of the 80 stations. The stations have been recording for one month along two profiles. Now we are downloading the data at the instrument center at the East Carolina University in Greenville. The last step is getting the equipment ready for shipping back to PASSCAL in New Mexico.
Beatrice (Bix), Dan and Ana working onsite at the first station recovered. Bix and Ana are checking the parameters of the Reftek with the CLIE, and Dan is saving the GPS waypoint of the recovery site.
Yanjun working on one of the stations recovered on the north line. He is performing a check with the CLIE to see the number of events recorded, the data stored on the disks and stopping the acquisition. He also checks all 3 channels on the L28 sensor. Once the acquisition has been stopped, the sensor can be pulled and the station is taken back to the instrument center.
A few of the Refteks at the instrument center. The upward cap indicates that the data have been downloaded.
Yanjun labeling Reftek flash cards that contain recordings from the past month.
Flash cards labeled with Reftek serial numbers. This is the product of our hard labor!