Whew! Am I tired! I climbed all the way up to the top deck to get a good view of the drilling floor. We have arrived at our third location. It is officiallly called site U1367. The crew began lowering the drill pipe down into the ocean early today. The ocean water is about 4700 meters deep. How far is that in feet? (Remember, a meter is about equal to 3 feet).
Each section of the drill pipe is about 30 meters long. Each section is taken from its storage location and lifted up to the deck by a machine called a pipe racker. The pipe is lifted up into the derrick and screwed to the pipe that is already down in the water. It is then lowered deeper into the ocean. This process is repeated over and over again.
Oh, by the way, did you figure out how deep the water is in feet? It is about 14,100 feet.