Cores are now on deck! We had some initial difficulty retrieving cores, since the seas were a bit rough and we are in 5100 meters of water but all is fine now. This morning, the cores were immediately brought to the cold room where oxygen measurements will be taken. After that, samples from each core will be brought to the chem lab and squeezed. The squeezers exert up to 40,000 psi to force the water out of the sediment and this will be analyzed for a number of components. It takes about 1 1/2 hours for each round trip of the piston corer.
The weather is still cloudy and cool. We will be at this site for about two more days.