EESS Graduate Students Jeremy Caves and Hari Mix from Mongolia - July, 2012
We’ve reached the final goal of our nearly 3 week field campaign—a beautiful, nearly 1 km thick section of rocks that represent the past 30 million years of floodplains, soils, and mountain-building. Our trip thus far has taken us from the central Gobi to southwestern Mongolia and on to here—far western Mongolia. It’s a country of stunning beauty and vast emptiness, where one can drive for days without seeing a single yurt, car, or person. In the Gobi, we stumbled across a section of rocks so thick with dinosaur bones, it was difficult to not step on them; further along, one of our vehicles broke down, necessitating several days cramped together in our second vehicle, the old but reliable Russian van. Now, in Dzereg, we spend the day collecting samples before heading into town to try and catch the last part of Nadaam—the national sports festival consisting of wrestling, horse racing, and archery. Tomorrow, we begin the 850-mile, 5-day trek back to Ulaanbaator, the capitol, and our flights out. All in all, our trip has been wildly successful, and much of it thanks to our Mongolian crew. For us, it’s been a chance to study climate and geology in one of the most fascinating and awe-inspiring parts of the world.
-Jeremy Caves and Hari Mix