RHUM-RUM in Madagascar

Written by Karin Sigloch on Saturday, 30 November 2013. Posted in Cruise 2013

28 November 2013, Geneviève Roult, Karin Sigloch

RHUM-RUM in Madagascar

As part of the terrestrial component of the RHUM-RUM experiment, we installed five broadband stations in Madagascar in 2012 together with professor Gérard Rambolamanana and his team from the University of Antananarivo. They were deployed along the southeast coast, more precisely in Manakara, Farafangana, Manambondro, Manantenina and Mahatalaky. The stations should be checked and maintained about twice a year, so this November 2013, while we were at sea, our colleagues Christophe and Richard from the University of La Réunion for the third time did the tour from Tanararive to Fort-Dauphin. And what a tour!

The rainy season had unfortunately started early this year, and the condition of the route had gone from bad to worse. The car broke down, so that halfway through, a new car had to be called in from the south. The rivers had flooded, and river ferries, many of them man-powered, had become dangerous. All the experience of our local drivers was also needed for crossing the numerous river fords. The colleagues almost got stuck but finally arrived in Fort-Dauphin safe and sound – tired, but with a good harvest of seismological data.

The 5 seismological stations will stay in place until at least May 2014, but ultimately need to be dismantled and repatriated. We are still welcoming volunteers to go on the road with us in Madagascar then…

 

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Karin Sigloch

Karin Sigloch

The German part of RHUM-RUM is led by Karin Sigloch, Department of Earth Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany. 

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