Crocca-2s

Multi-Core Photos (featuring Claude the Sea Biscuit)

The multi-core sampling was a unique challenge. We were finding a lot of hard mud, especially toward the end of the cruise, so we didn’t always get back what we expected. Sometimes we only got a little sediment, sometimes we got none. Sometimes we got a LOT of sediment. And we got a couple of...

Long Core Photos

It’s been just over a month since we got off the Thompson, and now that we’re all back from our respective holiday breaks and have decent Internet again, it’s time to share some photos that never made it to the blog while we were at sea.

Safety First!

Coring is dangerous work, but that’s what we went out there to do. So we took precautions and made sure everyone was safe, even in the middle of tricky situations. It’s so common a phrase, but Safety First is vitally important when you’re in a dangerous business. You’ll notice in the action shots of the...

The Bridge and its Crew

The bridge crew, composed of three mates and the captain, have finished docking us. They got one final flurry of excitement before the rest of the team settles in to unload. During the cruise, the bridge crew had a little less excitement for the most part, but an incredibly important and constantly shifting job nonetheless....

Back in Port

Well, that’s it. That’s the end of the CROCCA-2S research cruise. We pulled into port at 0730, half an hour early because we completed our survey ahead of schedule. We were all amused by the giant structures that didn’t move. It feels very strange indeed not to be rolling around on the ocean anymore. We’ve...

Gingerbread Ships and Marine Canyons

Sometimes you’re just too tired to take full advantage of a little R&R. We didn’t really have enough gingerbread to make two R/V Thompson’s, so the two watches combined their focus to make one complex, beautiful ship. It’s not for us to eat – the Thompson sails for Durban, South Africa just before Christmas. The...

A Little Rest & Relaxation

As we steam our way to our final survey and things start to get packed up, we start to have a little more free time. Some of us have decided to sleep a little longer, but there’s a lot of fun stuff to do when you’re up. And now that the watches have changed to...

The End of the Sampling

The sampling part of science officially ends today. That’s it – that’s our last dip over the side, the last sample we take. We’re done. Sort of. Certain experiments are still running – Vince and Ryan are still sampling some surface water – and data is still being logged and re-checked. We’re also conducting a...

There’s the Hit! Meet the Coring Team

Without our coring team, we wouldn’t be able to do what we came out here to do. We’ve got four coring technicians on the cruise with us – each with a huge sense of humor. Dale Hubbard, of OSU, is in charge of the team. He’s been coring for a while now. He oversees all...

How to Amuse Yourself at Sea

What do you do when you’re bored in the middle of the ocean? Well, you can read. You can watch a movie. Or you can do a bunch of things you can’t do on land. For instance….