CD 166: Investigating the underwater avalanches offshore Morocco


Daily diary

Tuesday November 2nd 2004

Aggie and Marga write:

"Yes, today we’re in tune with the rest of the world, we changed our clocks as we continue our southward transit to the Agadir Project work area. Not much to do today either. The day was splendid so a lot of people profited from that to start working on their suntan. The weather was perfect for seeing dolphins or whales but they failed to show… Andrey, Doug and Adriano were trying with the help of the crew to salvage whatever they could from the bent cores, and they managed! Micha however, managed to get blisters on his hands by playing table football!

In the afternoon we had another safety drill, where we were shown a video of how to behave while on the ship and how to deal with safety issues. A bit boring but it has to be shown according to regulations. We are scheduled to reach our first coring station at 06:00 am, so back to work tomorrow..."


Russell writes:

"Today we found out that the scientific aspect of our cruise hit the headlines on the BBC News website. We are investigating deposits from the two most recent giant landslides to have affected the Canary Islands (which are to the south of the Agadir Basin). Hopefully, the cores we collect on the cruise will give us clues as to how the landslides move, and whether any future landslide in this area will be capable of generating a destructive tidal wave or ‘megatsunami’.

Wildlife observations were pretty sparse despite the ideal conditions, although we did have a flycatcher and a warbler land on the ship this morning. Both of these birds would have been trying to head south to their wintering grounds in Africa, beyond the barren expanse of the Sahara Desert. Hopefully, in the good weather they can use the sun and the moon to reorient themselves and get back to dry land away to the south-east..."


Gathering to decide on which pictures we’re going to send for the web diary (Christine, Russell, Aggie and Micha)

Big Brother is watching you…
Russell scanning the horizon

A typical cabin. Above this bed is the bed of the cabin next door. To the left  is a small wardrobe (not seen in picture).

The scientists watching the safety
video in the dining room.

The scientists gathering at their muster
station upon hearing the general
alarm (safety drill).

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