March 2020

News from March 2020

Portugal mission 2020

The photos from our first field mission to Portugal are online now! It was a great trip, we were able to get tree samples from a forest buried under the Atlantic ocean beach! Take a look at some of the the photos of our sampling here:
  • In search of trees

    Three days of long walks on the beach in search of fossil trees payed off, and we found tree samples.

  • Furadouro beach, Portugal

    A shot of the beach near Furadouro, the town where we were staying during the expedition.

  • Ready for work

    First day of search of fossil trees along the Furadouro beach. We met Prof. Nuno Bicho and his PhD student Pedro Horta, who helped us search and sample the trees.

  • Digging into the peat sediments

    We found the peat sediment outcrop and dug in search for trees.

  • Peat sediment outcrop

    Peat sediment outcrop

  • Sedimentary sequence at the site

    Sedimentary sequence at the site

  • Tree section

    One of the tree samples section - showing the tree rings

  • Excavation of the tree

    Excavation of a tree

  • Excavation of the tree
  • Samples under the beach

    View of some of the samples before excavation

  • Excavation of more samples

    The RESOLUTION team excavation

  • Team with samples

    The team with the samples we found after a long work day

  • Before excavation

    One of the samples before excavation

  • After excavation

    One of the samples after excavation

  • Wrapping the sample

    Wrapping a sample

  • Labeling the sample

    Labeling of a sample

  • Sedimentary sequence at the site

    The sedimentary sequence at the site

  • Excavation of another sample
  • Excavation site

    Excavation in progress

  • Excavation and removal of water

    Excavation and removal of water

  • Excavation of more samples

    Excavation of more samples

  • RESOLUTION team at work

    RESOLUTION team at work

  • Excavation and removal of water
  • Removal of water

    Removal of water to allow for easier sampling

  • Tree section

    Tree sample section showing the tree rings

  • Tree section

    Tree sample section showing the tree rings

  • Sample collection

    Sample collection

  • Wrapping the sample

    Wrapping up a sample

  • RESOLUTION team at work

    RESOLUTION team at work

  • Sawing the tree

    Sawing the tree sample

  • RESOLUTION team at work

    RESOLUTION team at work

  • Ready to go home

    Ready to go home

You can find other photos from the Portugal expedition on the RESOLUTION Twitter page. See photos from our visit to the UAB in Barcelona Spain and more photos of the team at work in Furadouro, Portugal.

Or, read these articles for further information on the geological - structural and sedimentary background of the site:

1. "Evidence for Pleistocene wet aeolian dune and interdune accumulation, S. Pedro da Maceda, north‐west Portugal"

2. "Sea‐level changes during the Pleistocene‐Holocene in the NW coastal zone of Portugal"