Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

Above is a map of where we are. The point with the orange circle around it in roughly the center of the screen is our location. In the left of the screen is the Wolf-Darwin Lineament.

Check out our interview with the cooks here, here, or here. It can be found at the bottom of the page.

Today, as all other days, began dark and early promptly at midnight when the 12-4 crew began their watch. Since then, the maps (both side-scan and multibeam) have been compiled, and are now being printed out in large scale. The maps are being used as a teaching tool for the senior staff on the trip to educate the undergraduate members who are being exposed to these maps, side-scan in particular, for the first time. Today, Dan Fornari taught a lesson that asked us to demonstrate the different types of features we were able to recognize from the side-scan data, and what allowed us to determine their identity.
Pictured left are Nick and Ali as they examine the maps. Below is Marques, as he works on his own interpretation of the maps.

Also, the watches were reorganized slightly. The new watch rosters (group leaders in Bold) are:


Eric Mittlestaedt
Krista Moser
Will Schlitzer
Cait Mello


Alison Kolezar
Cam McKee
Nick Pollock
Gretchen Swarr
Marques Miller


Dennis Geist
Mike Carbone
Ali Tinnin
Will Cushman
Miguel Calderon
Angela Kuhn

As far as the science of the cruise is concerned, there have been passes over the Galapagos Spreading Center in the last day, which have brought into view many different faults, mostly. There is also a small group of seamounts that were located today during the 8-12 shift that appear to have well-centered calderas. In the previous 4-8 watch, a large, low relief seamount was discovered. The magnetometer is still not functioning, however, those repairing it are confident that it will be finished soon. Also, once we start dredging after our stop in the Galapagos, all of the dredges will contain a burlap bag that will (hopefully) collect shards of volcanic glass as it travels across the floor. We have the task of sewing 16 bags (Ali is pictured right, doing this) together to ensure we have one bag for each of the 40 planned dredges

Cam, as usual, found reading a book, currently The Aeneid

Will Cushman watching the sunset

Carbone working diligently to plot on the map.

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