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Mon 05 Jan 2004

Mapping KR4 begins

Category : mangroves

The two mangrove research students brought along three friends and they all did a pretty good job of mapping streams in KR4. It takes one good eye on the compass, a steady hand on the clipboard, and a couple of ready and willing hands to slog through a muddy terrain, dragging a tape and pounding in poles made out of the surrounding debris.

The directions had to come from me today, but its only their first mapping field trip. I enjoyed seeing them slog it out, as I used to day after day about 15 years ago with Murphy's "mangrove mud monsters" or something to that effect.

The appreciation of the mangroves during this work gives you a feeling for the ecosystem that no classroom ever could simulate. It was nice to see them surprised at how much was hidden in KR4, two of them having worked on its outskirts during the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore.

Algal bloom in the water, and rain dampened the day. Still it was a nice day at the office, and its why I hardly ever complain. We continue tomorrow.

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