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Microscopists' weekend, Malham Tarn

 
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gpmatthews



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:48 am    Post subject: Microscopists' weekend, Malham Tarn Reply with quote

Last weekend my family and I joined a group of microscopists at Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre in Yorkshire for a microscopists' weekend. The landscape was rugged and made for some excellent walking. There were also some fine freshwater samples to be had from the tarn and nearby wetlands.



Here is the lab with microscopes and a general view of Tarn House across the tarn




The wind was at times quite strong and blowing the waters of the tarn into white horses



We walked to Malham Cove, which was once a waterfall, but now the water rises at the base of the Cove. At the top is a spectacular limestone pavement divided into blocks or clints by erosion. In the gaps or grikes between the clints there are often interesting plants nestling in their own microclimate.

The pictures below taken clockwise from the top left show the landscape on the walk to Malham Cove, the edge of the limestone pavement overlooking the Cove, limestone pavement, and some plants nestling in a grike:

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BJ



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graham, thanks for taking me back in time. I had a great, but very wet and cold week there almost 50 years ago - haven't been back since/(yet?)
Did you get any samples from the temporary rainfed pools on the clints... or some Nostoc maybe?


A trip down memory lane - thanks.

Brian
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I've never been to this place, but these pictures sure make me want to go. Thanks for the tour!

--Rik
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Planapo



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is one very interesting and special landscape, particularly the limestone cobbles.
The hole impression makes me think of some Bronte novels, like Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights.

--Betty
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