Post- Conference Tour to Ensenada/Calbuco: The two-day post-conference tour will depart Valdivia at 0830 on Jan 10, 2019 and proceed to Puerto Varas and on to the Ensenada area (approximately 3-4 hours by motor coach). The vistas along the way will include intensive forestry plantations of exotic radiata pine and eucalyptus, agriculture (especially dairy farming), several big rivers draining the glacial-moraine-dammed lakes characteristic of this lake region of Chile, and spectacular volcanoes – Osorno (2652 m), Calbuco (2003 m), Tronador (3478 m), and others. The trip will provide biogeographic and cultural cross-sectional and historical views of this fascinating part of the world, and feature findings from current research on wood in rivers impacted by various volcanic processes.
The trip will be led by research group leaders and colleagues Andres Iroume and Hector Ulloa, Andy Russell and Alejandro Dussaillant, and Fred Swanson and Julia Jones.
Specific visit sites will be along the Blanco-Este and Tepú rivers, which drain the northeastern flanks of the Calbuco Volcano. The Calbuco is one of the most active volcanoes in southern Chile and is localized in the Los Lagos Region southeast of Llanquihue Lake. A substantial eruption in 1893 gave the volcano its current shape. Subsequent eruptions occurred in 1895, 1906-7, 1911-12, 1917, 1932, 1945, 1961, 1972 and 2015.