The Percy Sladen Expedition to Lake Titicaca*


SINCE April 14, the day after the arrival of the main body at Puno, the Expedition has been established in a hacienda (Camjata) on the peninsula of Capachica, which bounds the north side of Puno Bay (see Fig. 1). The first fortnight was spent settling in, arranging laboratory accommodation, and transporting all our numerous cases of apparatus and equipment out from Puno, a four-hour trip by motor launch. During this time a good deal of miscellaneous collecting was done in the ponds and streams of the peninsula, but it was not until the beginning of May that work on the lake could be started in earnest. Since then routine hydrographical and chemical observations have been made at a station about four miles out from the anchorage, besides numerous trips farther afield. An intensive faunistic and ecological study has been made of the anchorage and neighbouring bays, also supplemented by expeditions to other shores of the lake.

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Gilson, H. The Percy Sladen Expedition to Lake Titicaca*. Nature 140, 877–880 (1937).

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