Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thursday January 07

New Years Eve was too much fun. We all went downtown for dinner and then went to the park to light off our Kom Loi. Kom Loi is Thai for floating lamp and people light up hundreds of these things and they all fill with hot air and float pretty high up. It's an awesome sight to see. A few get stuck in trees and set them on fire but nobody really seems to mind. The whole city, including our field site is littered with dead Kom Loi. We spent the day before field work began exploring Chiang Mai and checking out Doi Suthep. It's a beautiful temple located in the hills that flank our field site. Myself, Randi, Lee and his family all got blessed by a bhuddist monk who outfitted us all with bracelets. Children perform traditional northern Thai music and dance all around the outskirts of the temple.

Field work has been getting smoother and more productive as students are getting more familiar with the different methods. This is my first time at a field camp too and it has been an interesting cultural experience learning with all the other students. GPSing the last few days has given me the opportunity to get to know some of the students in my group pretty well and exchange cultural questions. I had to fully butcher the Thai language today to learn my numbers through 10 but I think I finally got them I got that going for me.

Here is a picture of Dylan and his surface wave crew getting their gear setup. The surface wave method is definitely one of the more interesting techniques. I'm eager to see the data next week and learn some processing. I'm especially interested to see the gravity data from the archaelogical site at Wiang Kum Kom and to see what's in the subsurface there.

Here is Jeff 'Givin Er' to send some data down the line for the surface wave crew.
I'd like to give a big shout out to Lee Liberty.


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