Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Almost there! We just finished up our second to last day of dredging and only have a few more dredges to do before we start heading back to Costa Rica Tuesday evening. The past several dredges have produced a bit of a mixed bag, with a couple great ones with plenty of glassy basalts, a couple with hardly more than a few chips, and one haul of good-sized, but glassless rocks.

This evening Dan Fornari did one last Tow Cam survey as well – a pretty short one in which Dan, in addition to collecting glass samples with the waxed balls, tried attracting some ocean floor wildlife, using tuna for bait.

All pictures below: A few of the undergrads preparing their maps for tomorrow's science meeting

Between dredges we’re also collecting some final Multibeam, Mag, and gravity data while the undergrads work to complete our map analysis mini-projects. Each of us now has a clearer idea of what we’ll be focusing on for our theses, and the map analysis is meant to help us start working out how to process the data we’ve been collecting.

Tuesday will be our last day of normal watches, which means no more graveyard shifts starting Tuesday night / Wednesday morning. As we head back to Costa Rica, we’re going to have a lot of clean up and organization work to do, so we’ll stay on our day watches, but we’ll finally be able to sleep more than 6 or 7 hours at a time.

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