Our fieldwork in the Andean lakes of Ecuador is ongoing! The second and third visited (and well sampled) lakes have been Yahuarcocha and Cunrro, respectively. These two lakes are located at the Interandean plateau, basically consisting in meso-eutrophic and shallow lacustrine conditions. Both have a relatively wide litoral zone covered by Juncus type vegetation (Scirpus totora), an ideal habitat for periphyton! Yahuarcocha means “Lake of blood” in local language because based upon local believing, the lake turned red with the blood of over 30.000 killed incas after a battle for the conquest of the “Reino de Quito”.
The coring has been relatively easy due to the shallow waters (7m depth for Yahaurcocha, and 4.5, depth for Cunrro); to arrive at the lakes sites has not been very complicated either, except for the case of Cunrro that is within a private Hacienda. Fortunately, local people is always happy to help, even more when they know that we want to investigate waters and muds of the lakes! They love to see how we prepare all the equipment before get into the lakes. Our experienced team assembled a small platform between the two boats, which helps a lot the operation. Every time we get more and more expertise in assembling and disassembling the equipment! As always, some photos below to share with all of you.