MAPPING THE WEST OF BEKENU
Not exactly a "travel post" but technically, I did travel to another place, also I really like some of the shots so why not right?
So originally, we were supposed to head off to Kundasang-Ranau, Kota Kinabalu for a fieldwork excursion but unfortunately, just two days before the trip, a 4.0 magnitude hit one of the exact area we were supposed to map out.
The disappointment upon receiving news that the trip was cancelled was real, I've already started packing and finished preparing my map, all in the excitement that it was going to be, albeit a tough one week but definitely an enjoyable one. But shit happens, so instead, the fieldwork was changed to some place closer. It spanned out for a total of 4 days and covered a large area.
The place we mapped out was an hour drive from the central town of Miri itself, and despite it being the same rock type as the ones we saw back in Labuan, it was intense. The weather was unforgiving and brutal.
(One of the outcrops we visited)
(Approximate scale representation of the bedding surface)
(More resistant beds jutting out from the beach floor during low tide)
(End of day 1, and a very happy belated independence day to Malaysia!)
(at least, the sunset was an absolute killer that evening?)
(Storms rolling in)
(One of the outcrop we visited on day 2)
(#views on the way back to Marriott at the end of day 2)
(shade underneath almost collapsing trees while discussing about the outcrop)
(fossilized bivalve found in a sandstone bed!)
(almost perfectly preserved fossilized gastropod)
(end of days 3's work of art)
(end of day 4!)
Ran on less than 2 hours of sleep in order to complete the correlation of the different outcrops we visited, I've said it before and I'll say it again, much respect to people who make maps because first hand experience taught me that it isn't easy, especially not under pressure and a short window to complete it. To give a better insight, here's what we were supposed to do:
Basically all the little pointers inside the pink box show areas where we visited and took GPS readings. Using the power of the internet and our current knowledge regarding mother Earth, we were supposed to use the very limited information we had to infer the geology that was going on underneath the ground and display it in the map (which took up approximated 24+ A3 sized graph papers might I add).