Mongolia: Sawdust and Mosquito Wings

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Mongolia: Sawdust and Mosquito Wings

Post by edfrank » Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:08 pm

Mongolia: Sawdust and Mosquito Wings
Posted on August 18, 2011 by mongolianecologyculture| Leave a comment

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By Neil Pederson
When embarking on research in Mongolia, though in all other situations, too, it is best to couch your disposition in two important mindsets: patience and persistence. Perhaps the best way to begin these journeys is to take on an almost Buddhistic mindset and not get too clingy to objects. It is best to let it come as it should. Of course it is easier to type that then to sit in a jeep for a few days and see nothing that warrants sampling like the below. Oh, it is beautiful, but not helpful for study...

I showed the Amy the two trees I had spotted on my camera’s small screen and mentioned they were a bit upslope. Our samples were not great at that point and the general feeling was that we should go for it. We decided to walk halfway there, combine our food and have a small late-afternoon snack (bread, peanut butter, sardines, an apple and some water [but not all of it!]). The energy intake seemed to do the trick. Spirits came up as we walked the knife-edge. Then, upon closer inspection, we knew that our patience and persistence paid off. Amy was the first to rush over.

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