From the 3rd of June to the 9th July,
Nerilie Abram (one of my PhD supervisors) and myself, travelled to Indonesia to collect samples for paleoclimate analysis. We spent the first two weeks of the trip on the west coast of Java, collecting coral cores.
Scouting out potential coral blocks for coring.
Looking for tsunami blocks in the forest behind the beach.
Drilling a tsunami block.
A snake that happened to be living in the coral we were drilling! Thankfully, he stayed in there.
Some locals who came out to the beach to see what we were doing.
Snorkelling! We had to go an look for a modern, living coral that we could drill to calibrate the fossil coral.
Drilling a living coral. It’s ok. This doesn’t kill the coral. We fill the hole up with shells and the coral will grow back over the hole like we were never there.
Our modern coral core and the hole that it came out from.
Sunset over Sunda Strait.
Lunch break in the field. We brought parcels of chicken and rice wrapped in banana leafs for lunch.
Fossil reef site, where the whole reef has been uplifted out of the water.
The drill barrel got stuck in the hole and started shooting water straight up in the air. We eventually managed to wriggle and pull the drill barrel out, about an hour later…
Dinner time! Baked fish and rice. Yummy!
One coral drilling site could only be reached by boat.
Floating the drilling gear back to the boat. Thankfully, the water was lovely and warm.
Cooling off before heading to the next drilling site.
Working on a deserted beach, collecting material for dating.
While we were driving between beaches, we found these large coral blocks sitting in the middle of some rice paddies, about 1km inland from the ocean. It is likely that these were part of a very old fossil reef. We will have to date the samples to find out if that is the case.
Sorting and packing away the coral cores for shipment back to Australia.
We were all exhausted at the end of this leg of the trip. Job well done!