Our teacher for this one has been down in the ALVIN Submersible to collect samples! The core is beautiful – has iron, pyrite, sulfer – all kinds of beautiful veins, and patterns. A lot of chemistry today. Got to see a couple porpoises this morning swimming and jumping port side of the bow – no photos as the waves are still BIG and coming over the side. Tasted sea water yesterday – right in the face! Our teachers on board are excellent and all the scientists and staff are very accommodating to our questions and needs. Lots of exercise on the steps! Tonight we are going to watch a movie – about VOLCANOES IN THE DEEP. Did anyone bring popcorn? Time for lunch – please post a blog to me if you get a chance. Cheers from the Pacific Ocean!