Lithops project blog

Lithops project blog

... AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

This is the blog page of the Lithops Project, in which we investigate the extent and evolution of locally optimized camouflage coloration in the enigmatic African "stone plants" belonging the genus Lithops.

In the first part of the project, we use hyperspectral camera equipment for making detailed comparisons of the visual properties of Lithops species and their local soil across numerous locations in southern Africa.

We set out for our first month-long field expedition on April 1, 2016 - if all goes according to plan, we should be able to post updates every 2-3 days.

Our imaging expeditions are supported by National Geographic Society Science and Exploration Europe. Hyperspectral camera equipment is provided by the Surface Optics Corporation.

For more information on our project, check out www.lithopsproject.org

First rain day

Expedition blog 2016Posted by Tommi Nyman Fri, April 29, 2016 02:57PM
Can't really complain about the weather in South Africa: after three weeks of field work, we have the first real rain day. Because of the drizzle, we can't photograph Lithops populations today, so we stopped for for lunch and coffee at the Kerksaal in Bitterfontein. At the same time, we're backing up all of our image data.



Despite the rain, we have a couple of Lithops divergens sites mapped and ready for tomorrow, which will be the last full field day or our expedition.






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