Taking a hiatus

Well, the stratigraphic correlators are a bit stressed right now, so I think I'll hold off until tomorrow to visit them as we follow the core (I like to check in with the appropriate scientists before posting anything, just to make sure I have all my facts and figures straight).  Instead I will attempt to paint you the picture of why exactly it is they are so stressed.

Phys Props

I think I will break up the physical properties into their regions within the lab.  At some point I will go back to the very beginning - the laying of the pipe and bringing the core on deck and into the lab.  However, since I started out with a couple of the science departments, the rest of the scientists are wondering when I will get to them.  So for now, we will follow the core

The Geochemists

Today I'm going to bring you to the geochemistry lab.  On this expedition, both lab techs and four of the five scientists are women - who says science has limited opportunities for women?


Our crew is awesome!

We have finally arrived at our next site, the Agulhas plateau.  After two days of driving through waves that just kablooshed all over the deck, up the moonpool, and over the bow, we are now gently rolling and once again laying down pipe to the ocean floor.  Our crew is fearless - Bobby climbs nearly 200ft (~70m) to do his job.  What I wouldn't give to see the view from up there!

Electronics Workshop

I love this crew!  There are just so many cool people on board.  One of the engineers, Clay, is offering an electronics workshop that will span the various transits.  By the end of the expedition, I will be able to build myself a countdown clock like the one they have on the ship - it counts down until Hump Day, and has a rotating switch to count down to the next BBQ.  I will b

Birds of the Southern Wilds

In recent days we have been seeing increasing numbers of wildlife--albatross, giant petrels (like the one in the photo) and even a sperm whale.

Thar she blows! - but I missed it :-(

There were a couple of whales sighted today, but I missed them.  Suspected Bryde's whales.  I have seen quite a few of these albatross, though, skimming the waters' edge.  I haven't seen any of them actually catching their dinner yet, but I remain hopeful. 

What? No more core to process?

After 8 days of full-out data collection, physical properties specialist Jens Gruetzner has a vague look of disbelief at actually being done.  Of course, the work is never really done - there's all the writing, analyzing, correlating, etc. that has to be done - but for now, no more core on deck for 2 more days.

The Face of Boe

I apologize to any non-Whovians - the title is a reference to the giant disembodied head that is a character in some Dr. Who episodes.  A couple of the teachers from North Kingstown, RI were nice enough to take photos of me interacting with their students - man, do I make a lot of strange faces!

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