Cuatro Cienegas – Final Update from Jess

Jess collecting samples of the microbes that make the stromatolites

Jess collecting samples of the microbes that make the stromatolites

I arrived last night to Monterrey and tomorrow I will board a plane to return to the States. Ending a field season is always bittersweet; however, I still have to get all my samples home safely, so that is occupying my mind mostly right now.   The pictures are from some of the final sample collections – scraping stromatolites for DNA, RNA, C, N, and P, and walking along the Rio Mezquites for water chemistry samples.  The last picture is of a moon rise, an event I was fortunate enough to watch several nights from the campsite and the cabins where I stayed in town.  More photos will be posted on the Flickr site soon.

Jess taking water samples from Rio Mezquites (photo by Juan Manuel Gomez)

Jess taking water samples from Rio Mezquites (photo by Juan Manuel Gomez)

Moon rise in Rio Mezquites (photo by Juan Manuel Gomez)

Moon rise in Rio Mezquites (photo by Juan Manuel Gomez)

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