Blog Posts Tagged "Expedition 323"
The sun was bright this morning. Most of the science party and many of the others on board came out to watch as the tugs pushed us out. We had a clear view of the Olympic Mountain Range and the snow covering the peaks. I spent a few amazing hours our watching orcas swimming by and watching land slip away.
So here we are now, in the middle of the Pacific. Well, actually a bit northeast of the middle, but the feeling is all the same. It is a very special thing to be on a tiny ship completely surrounded by nothing but endless water. If the weather is pleasant like now, it really feels great!
Sorry I missed a day, but yesterday was spent recruiting bloggers. Hopefully you’ll soon see some of their thoughts about this expedition. Training continued yesterday as we ran a core from Expedition 321 through the process we will be using once things heat up at the first drilling site.
So I had a plan for the 13th of July. A topic to write about with some historical relevance and interesting ties to the trip I am currently on. I’ll do my best to incorporate some of that into something today, and you’ll have to forgive the delay in getting to it.
Let me start off by introducing myself-my name’s Zuzia and I’m one of the diatomists onboard this leg of the expedition.
My name is Jerry and I am sailing this cruise as Curatorial Specialist. The basic responsibility of my position is to maintain the scientific integrity of the cores recovered during the expedition while at the same time assuring the scientists, both on board and on shore, get the proper samples for their studies. This is a long process and requires the involvement of many people besides the requester.
So something I never questioned before: How do we know what the ocean floor looks like? I found out a bit of the history of how we know what we know.
So the last few days have been a whirlwind of activity. We arrived at site UMK-4D and dropped a beacon while deploying thrusters to maintain dynamic positioning. The beacon is one of the redundant ways we make sure we stay put during the drilling process. UMK-4D was the site name from the or